As we quickly roll headlong into spring, summer is just ahead. Before the punishing hot weather hits the Augusta area, now is an excellent time to beautify your curbside appeal by adding some front yard landscaping. Not only do homeowners have different preferences; they are guided and limited by the space they have available. If you want to take your home from blah to beautiful, these are some landscape ideas to consider.
Small Front Yard Designs
For homeowners who have limited space, it is a good idea to be as creative as possible, while also providing uniformity. There are many ways to incorporate plants and flowers in limited areas using small shrubs, bulbs, and annuals that fit into containers as accent pieces. Also, if you have a front porch or entryway, window boxes and hanging baskets are ideal to attract the eye. Always use potting soil to give the plants as many nutrients as possible to make it through the entire season. Make sure to keep in mind things like scale, so that you don’t overdo it. Too many colors and things going on can make it appear “loud”. Sometimes simplicity is best, so pick just a couple of colors and stick to them.
Low-Growing Landscapes are Ideal for Ranch Homes!
People in the Augusta area love ranch-style homes due to the ease of layout and no stairs options! To make your front yard fit with the overall style of your home’s layout, choose low-growing grasses, shrubs, and flowering plants that help keep in tune with the lines that are characteristic of ranch designs. Things like dwarf trees and ground cover look amazing and extenuate the natural construction of a ranch home. Evergreens are also ideal to provide a “lush” green look and adding accent annuals will give a pop of color in just the right places!
Classic Traditional Styles and Quaint Cottages
If you have a bungalow or cape code design with a white picket fence, then adding a splash of color that shines through is the best way to showcase your limited space. Add dark and rich-colored flowers such as dianthus, hydrangeas, snapdragons, and roses. It will give your home an even more “quaint” feel, and it will also enhance the design that a cottage-style home commands!
Modern and Contemporary Style Homes
If you have a modern or contemporary style home, then keep with the flow by using plans that are defined and only use containers that fit the style of the home. Native plants and shrubbery that require low maintenance and have crisp lines are the best choices to enhance the overall look. Also, use things like walkways and other beds and borders that have clean-cut lines to play off of your home’s overall design perfectly.
Traditional Style Homes
In certain areas of Augusta, there are a vast number of traditional home styles. Large front porches are ideal for house hanging plants, and homes built from wood or stucco benefit from lush green shrubbery, with the idea that less is more. For architectural-styled homes, you don’t want to overwhelm the beauty of the design with too much eye candy that will make it appear cluttered. Uniformity is always best when it comes to landscape design.
When it comes to enhancing your home’s curbside appeal by sprucing up your front yard landscaping, take your home’s factors into account for the best fit. It is always a good idea to go with a “less is more” attitude. Landscaping is expensive, and bear in mind that you can always go back and add more. If you overspend and overdo it, however, it could end up costing more than it needs to. For more ideas and help with your landscape design, contact Rollins Landscaping today, and let’s get started beautifying your outdoor areas!