Front Porch Landscaping Ideas
For Beauty and ComfortOur porch landscaping ideas will improve your home's curb appeal, add aesthetic value, and may even increase the size of your porch.
Whether looking for sophisticated landscaping ideas or simple ones that won't break the bank, see how you can easily transform your porch and home from ordinary to be the envy of the neighborhood.
Have you ever driven past a home that has an amazing appeal?
Usually it is a combination of several factors, one of the most important being the front porch and front yard landscaping.
Our home landscaping photos, tips, ideas, and free landscaping information is the perfect place to start to create your own fabulous yard!
Landscaping around your porch can range from very affordable to a small fortune. It need not be costly if you just start with a few of the right plantings and placements.
Our own porch garden is cottage-like and we have done it over time; hence, easy on the budget.
Porch Landscaping Ideas Directory and Projects
Inspiring Walkway Ideas
Interesting and intriguing pathways can add charm to your home and porch
Front Yard Landscape Designs
Transform your yard with the right landscape design
Creative Front Yard Landscaping
Create an "entry experience". You know it as your front yard and front porch
Overflowing Hanging Baskets
For exceptional color on your porch and undeniable curb appeal
Picket Fence Ideas
See these neat picket fence ideas you can use in your yard
Hanging Baskets from Vinyl Ceiling
How to hang a beautiful hanging basket from a vinyl porch ceiling
Home Landscaping Photos
Landscaping photos highlight beautiful yards and lovely porches
Front Yard Landscaping Ideas
Front yard landscape ideas you can use
Front Porch Landscaping Ideas
Tips and photos of landscaped porches for inspiration
Ideas for Landscaping with Rocks
Landscaping with rocks is a fantastic way to add texture and beauty
10 Easy Landscaping Ideas
To up the curb appeal factor to your front yard and porch
Picket Fence Design Ideas
Amazing picket fence designs to enhance your porch and home
Use Our DIY Walkway Idea
See how we installed a cottage-style walkway in front of our porch
Front Lawn Landscaping Ideas
See our new front porch landscaping project along with our plant guide
Make This DIY Garden Bench
We show you how to make a DIY garden bench for your yard or porch
Lawn Drainage Problem Solved
See how we resolved a lawn drainage problem we had
Build This Wild Bird Feeding Station
Build this bird feeding station near your porch to enjoy our feathered friends
Container Gardening Ideas
If you have a porch, try container gardening as part of your landscaping
Perennials for Zone 5
Zone 5 perennials provide generous charm around this country porch
Cool Garden Art
See these neat garden art ideas for your yard
Succulent Garden Designs
Use these succulent garden design ideas around your porch or in your yard
Self Watering Planters
When it's really hot or you leave home for a few days
How to Install Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting can be both functional and decorative
21 DIY Landscaping Ideas
DIY landscaping projects are fun for the entire family
Front Yard Landscape Ideas
Get tips from our expert landscaper who has lots of great information you can use....
Garden Hose Storage Box Idea
See how we resolved two common problems with garden hoses
Privacy Porch Ideas
Use landscaping to create a little privacy on your porch
Install a Picket Fence or Find a Landscape Fence Contractor
See how to install a picket fence or get free estimates for landscape fencing
Featured Porch Landscape Ideas and DesignsMary and I are excited to share several front yard and front porch landscape designs by Lisk Landscape Management. See before and after photos depicting how they've landscaped small front yards and front porches to create lots of curb appeal.
Check out their design ideas!
Listen to Our Porch Landscaping Audio ProgramsListen to our interviews with front porch and front yard landscaping experts who share their tips and ideas to enhance the look of your porch and home.
J. Paul Moore's passion for both plants and photography makes for an interesting interview. You'll discover ideas for planning your porch's landscaping, deciding what plants to use, and lots more.
Don't miss our interview with Troy Marden, host of a local PBS's The Volunteer Gardner. Troy travels the world searching for exquisite gardens and he shares his modern landscape ideas for combining edible plants around your front porch and yard.
Porch Landscaping Ideas for AppealA beautifully designed front porch along with the right landscaping can create not only added value but immense appeal as well.
A porch without landscaping is like a banana split without the whipped cream. Landscaping is not only aesthetically pleasing but also enhances the look of your front porch.
When planning your front porch landscaping, consider such factors as line of sight from your porch and traffic patterns in addition to color and textures.
The porch landscaping idea shown below is an excellent example of an established landscaping plan that has matured over time. Note how it makes the porch a more welcoming place.
Often times it is difficult to imagine what your landscaping plan will look like once it has matured. A great porch landscaping idea is 3-D renderings.
See our Before and After renderings below:
Very minimal porch landscaping
Lush landscaping adds immense appeal
Be sure to see our Front Porch Designs Illustrator. We show both a one-story and two-story homes with over 30 different porch designs plus walkway and landscaping ideas.
Porch Landscaping Architecture Basics
See how the rose plant "frames" the porch and softens the lines of the foundation? Photo is courtesy of gs archeologist
Is your home and porch formal or informal, traditional or contemporary, southwestern or a Cape Cod, tall and boxy, or short and angular?
Our porch landscaping ideas will help you enhance or downplay your home's architecture.
For example, if you have a formal brick, symmetrical colonial home, landscaping suggestions include manicured shrubs, a central path or walkway of brick, and period railings on your porch.
If you have a Cape Cod style home consider window boxes and/or planters attached to your porch railing and stone paths leading to the porch.
For more details on matching your home's architecture with your landscaping, see our Guide to Front Porches.
If your house is symmetrical
If your house is asymmetrical
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Porch Landscaping Ideas to Highlight Your Porch and Front Door
Small Porch Landscaping IdeasAlthough larger porches are making a comeback, many newer homes only have a small-sized porch or portico. Many are pretty bland and without great architectural features.
Notoriously small city porches like the charming one depicted below (Boston brownstone apartments) have little space for landscaping.
Perhaps the only option is to create a space! There are many porch landscaping ideas that you can add to enhance the look of your small porch wherever it's located.
For instance, you add an enclosed terrace beside your porch and have a great place for dining, a place to enjoy a glass of wine, or a secluded spot to read your favorite book!
Extend your small porch with an arbor and plant clematis to cover it. Not only will it be an inviting entrance to your home but fragrant as well.
Or, soften hard surfaces with potted plants of boxwood topiary and clematis. These porch landscaping ideas are really worth the extra effort.
A small porch has the advantage of cost savings; you'll be able to purchase more quality materials. Upgrade your door hardware, add antique light fixtures, and consider resurfacing the landing. Use stone, tile, or brick pavers. Small landings and stoops are great for patterned floors.
Install vine covered trellises, planters over your railings, hanging baskets, or clusters of evergreens.
More Porch Landscaping Ideas!
Beautiful Gardens in Front Yard
Gardens are beautiful at this lovely Wisconsin home - not only in the front, but also the sides and backyard.
We had the pleasure of meeting the homeowner and she expressed how much joy her gardens bring her and to people passing by. She even has delight fairy gardens in the back yard that her grandchildren enjoy.
Make a Memorable Stepping Stone
We made this stepping stone for our dear friend, Liz.In addition to the pretty pieces of stained glass, this stepping stone also includes some mementos that are meaningful to her.
Learn how to make a commemorative stepping stone using our tutorial.
Porch Landscaping Idea - Make Some Cool Garden Art
You will want to read our story about the stained glass panel that we wanted for above our porch swing.
It turned into some cool garden art that at first we thought was a fail!
Landscaping for Winter Interest
We planted decorative kale around our porch. It is more beautiful (even in almost zero degree weather) than we would have guessed.
More Porch Landscaping Tips
Want a very innovative porch?Landscaping ideas can include a beautiful water garden beside the porch!
Photo is courtesy of shlake.
Another great source for porch landscaping ideas are Bed and Breakfast Inn porches. Bed and Breakfast Inn owners go to great lengths to ensure their landscaping complements the porch.
Porch landscaping ideas should include hanging baskets. See our Hanging Basket section in the directory above to create exquisite hanging baskets and learn about other options like creating hanging gardens or placing them on plant stands instead.
send us your landscaping ideas and pictures of your landscaped yard and porch; we'd love to share them with others.
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