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Best shrubs for the front of the house |

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Planting one of the best shrubs for the front of the house in your front yard will imbue the entrance to your home with character and personality, creating structure, a refuge for wildlife and a frame for your front porch. 

Introducing greenery and foliage to your front yard ideas will increase the curb appeal, while adding flowering shrubs will bring with them beauty and fragrance in equal measure. When planted in the right location, the right shrubs for the front of the house can also be used to provide privacy, block unsightly views and reduce noise pollution – so working them into your front yard landscaping ideas is a must.

‘When choosing a shrub for your front yard – pay more attention to your local hardiness zone than anything else. Your hardiness zone determines which shrubs will survive and thrive in your front yard,’ says Elle Meager, founder and CEO of Outdoor Happens .

Shrubs for the front of the house

There are species of shrubs for the front of the house to suit almost any type of home and garden. From towering specimens that are great for achieving your garden privacy ideas, to the prettiest floral varieties and the best low growing shrubs for the front of the house to incorporate into your small front garden ideas, adding one of these shrubs will help you to create a warm welcome to your home. 

The best shrubs for the front of the house are also great companions for the best trees for front yards, as together they will add height, color and texture to the front of your home. Landscaping with evergreens is also the most environmentally friendly option.

1. Best floral shrub for the front of the house

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Shrub roses make for stunning front yard cottage garden ideas. Unlike other types of roses, shrub roses have a bushy appearance making them a great addition to front yard flower bed ideas as well as to rose gardens. 

According to experts at David Austen : 'Shrub roses look best when planted in groups of three or more of the same variety. They will then grow together to form one dense shrub, which will provide a more continuous display and make a more definite statement in the border.'

If growing shrub roses, then it is important that you know how to prune roses. 'For bush and shrub roses prune down to half their height in spring and remove all dead wood,' advises Period Living garden expert Leigh Clapp. 'Don’t, however, prune English shrub roses too hard over the first couple of years, until they have established, to help the stems mature and support the blooms.'

2. Best low growing shrub for the front of the house

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If you only have a small front yard, then looking for low growing shrubs for the front of the house will be a better option. Despite only having a small footprint, lavender makes a big impression. Lavender are great low growing shrubs for the front of the house and has a signature fragrance that offers a warm welcome as you approach your front door.  

'Though it can only grow about one foot in height, its 2 inch wide blossoms are loved by butterflies and bees,' says gardening expert Lindsey Hyland of Urban Organic Yield . This makes them a great choice if you are trying to incorporate more wildlife garden ideas into your front yard.

A staple of front yard walkway ideas, 'lavender is a popular choice for foundation plantings and when established, they are drought tolerant plants, but they are best placed in full sun,' continues Lindsey. Planting drought tolerant shrubs in the front of the house will help to keep your front yard even during the driest summers.

3. Best shrub for the front of the house for a show-stopping display

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Part of the rhododendron family, azaleas are beautiful flowering shrubs that are favored for their long-lasting blooms. Popular plants for flower bed ideas, azaleas are great shrubs for the front of the house as their large size makes a bold impression. 'The azalea features long, leathery, egg-shaped leaves as well as showy white, magenta pink flowers with ruffled petals. This outstanding flower can become the focal point of every garden,' says Victoria Kuchinskaya, a plant physiologist for the NatureID app .

If deciding to grow azalea shrubs for the front of the house, it is also important that you know how to prune azaleas to enjoy the best from them.

4. Best evergreen shrubs for the front of the house

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Evergreen shrubs are one of the best shrubs for the front of the house as they offer year-round character and interest to your front garden ideas.

'Winter Gem Boxwood shrub is a common type of low-growing shrub that is perfect for growing at the front of your house,' says Shannon Bernadin, botanist and creator of The African Garden . 'It is a dense and bushy shrub that is evergreen and super easy to maintain. It will provide greenery to the front of your house all year round. '

Plus, boxwood shrubs are one of the best low growing shrubs for the front of the house.

5. Best winter interest shrubs for the front of the house

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Holly shrubs can be grown as either a small tree or a shrub and is a great addition to the front of the house. Characterized by dark green, sharp leaves, they are great evergreen trees for gardens and can also be grown into a hedge to provide garden privacy.

Holly comes into its own in the winter, with its bright red berries adding vibrancy to your garden during the bleakest winter months. As well as providing aesthetic interest, the berries are also great for feeding birds in winter.

'Another tremendous benefit of holly shrubs is that they come in many cultivars. Whether you live in North Carolina or frosty New England – you can find a holly shrub that will acclimate to your area,' says Elle Meager. 'However, one word of warning: holly shrub cultivars vary substantially in their size. Some maintain a height of only a few feet, while others skyrocket to over 30 feet.’

6. Best colorful shrub for the front of the house

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Hydrangeas are unusual in the fact that their color is defined by the soil pH. 'An acid soil ( pH below 7) will usually produce flower color closer to blue, whereas an alkaline soil (pH above 7) will produce pinker flowers,' explains Victoria Kuchinskaya. Hydrangeas can be grown either in the ground or in a pot, making them a great choice for small front garden ideas.

Most hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs, however there are some evergreen varieties that can make for great shrubs for the front of the house. 'Hydrangeas are a versatile choice with an array of options on offer to match your color scheme and work beautifully in more formal front gardens. They prefer sun in the morning with some shade in the afternoon,' says garden expert Leigh Clapp.

7. Best floral shrub for the front of the house

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Part of the verbena family, Lantana camara is a fast-growing shrub that is native to Central and South America. Characterized by its colorful flowers in carnival shades, its pretty blooms catch the eye and produce a sweet tutti frutti scent. Typically growing around 2m tall, it creates a bold statement that will make it a welcome addition to the front of the house. 

Furthermore, they're a great addition to other wildlife garden ideas. 'All butterflies and bees go mad for this, and it's incredibly easy to grow in a pot or border,' says plantswoman Sarah Raven .

8. Best flowering winter shrub for the front of the house

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Camellias have seen a rise in popularity in recent years, quickly becoming favorite shrubs for the front of the house. Loved for their flamboyant flowers, they are one of the first flowers, offering a cheery display through the darker months of the year. 

'Camellias have been hybridized to create more durable flowers and longer bloom times and the pink 'Winter's Star' is lovely in late fall and early winter. Camellia 'Winter's Snowman" blooms earlier in white, usually in October or November where we are in Washington,' says Robert Bell, principal at Bell Design .

As such, camellias are one of the best winter plants for pots and borders, and would make a stunning container display on the front porch. If growing these beautiful shrubs, it is vital to know how to prune camellias to get the best out of these pretty plants.

9. The best wildife shrubs for the front of the house bush (Buddleja davidii)

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If you are looking for shrubs for the front of the house that will help you to incorporate wildlife garden ideas into your plot, then buddleja is a must.

'Perfect for adding to front yard cottage garden ideas, buddleja can be grown as an ornamental plant pretty much anywhere,' says Victoria Kuchinskaya. 'Furthermore, it is fast-growing and not in the least fastidious. Unfortunately, however, Buddleja davidii is considered to be an invasive species in some U.S. regions so be careful before you add it into your garden.'

10. Best shrub for the front of the house for privacy

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You can't help but fall in love with the cheery yellow color of forsythia's flowers. They are characterful shrubs for the front of the house that will brighten even the greyest spring day. 

'They offer speedy growth, beautiful blossoms in the spring. Because they grow so fast and offer thick foliage, they make unrivaled screeners – especially if you want a privacy hedge in front of your home quickly,' says Elle Meager. In fact forsythia are one of the best fast-growing hedges for both privacy and interest.

'You'll need to prune your forsythia regularly because they grow seemingly overnight! Expect them to grow well over 12 inches per year. Some may reach a height of up to 10 feet – and some even slightly taller. However, there are smaller cultivars that are great for incorporating into your small front garden ideas,' continues Elle.

Which small shrubs for the front of the house look good year-round?

Evergreen small shrubs look good all year round. Since they don't lose their leaves they continually add life to the front of your house. Holly, camellias and boxwoods are all good options that bring year round interest to the front of your house.

What shrubs look good in front of the house?

Lavender, shrub roses, forsythia and hydrangeas are all shrubs that look good in front of the house. 'I always recommend a variety of shrubs, plants, and flowers for the front of your home – especially if you intend on building a privacy screen or supporting wildlife,' says Elle Meager.

Having graduated with a first class degree in English Literature four years ago, Holly started her career as a features writer and sub-editor at Period Living magazine, Homes & Gardens' sister title. Working on Period Living brought with it insight into the complexities of owning and caring for period homes, from interior decorating through to choosing the right windows and the challenges of extending. This has led to a passion for traditional interiors, particularly the country-look. Writing for the Homes & Gardens website as a content editor, alongside regular features for Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors magazines, has enabled her to broaden her writing to incorporate her interests in gardening, wildlife and nature.  

Low Maintenance Shrubs Perfect for the Front of the House

When you’re planning landscaping for the front of the house, you might be looking for slow-growing shrubs or low maintenance shrubs. These are beneficial for several reasons including less pruning, not overcrowding the space, and keeping the front of your house neat while boosting curb appeal.

Some of the favorite low-maintenance shrubs include Boxwood, Dwarf Gardenia, Rosemary, and Rhododendron. You can add in a variety of sizes to add some extra curb appeal as well as flowering, evergreen, and deciduous shrubs for the front of your house.

The key is you don’t want plants that grow out of control or need constant pruning. No one wants to spend every waking moment trimming invasive plants or cutting back trees. You also want to be mindful of the root systems and be sure you’re using plants that won’t disrupt your foundation or sidewalks.

And as always – check your planting zones to know what’s best for your climate.

Things to Consider For Landscaping At the Front of Your House:

How much sunlight does the area get per day? Make a point to watch the sun one day at each section and see how many hours of direct sunlight it gets and whether it’s in the morning or evening.

Some shrubs prefer morning sun, some will scorch (like Hydrangeas) if they get too much direct sun.

Root systems are extremely important when choosing any plants that will be near your house, driveway, sidewalks, and septic systems. No plant is worth the thousands of dollars of potential damage that some can cause. A prime example is the Willow Tree – this one doesn’t get along well with foundations and septic systems.

Are you looking for privacy, low maintenance, color, blooms, scents, or a combination of all of these. A great option for privacy is the Loropetalum – it is fast-growing and can block views if you want it to. Blooms with amazing scents include Gardenias.

Low maintenance shrubs are perfect for boosting your curb appeal. It’s the first impression of your house that people see. If you choose plants that need constant pruning or care, it’s possible it will become a chore you might neglect.

Low Maintenance Shrubs that are Perfect for the Front of Your House


Boxwood shrubs are tough and dependable year-round shrub that is most known for its uniform green leaves. Boxwoods also offer small white flowers that bloom in the spring.


Rhododendrons are shrubs that have dramatic, multi-colored flowers that appear on top of irregular foliage. There are hundreds of species of rhododendrons that can be used as nice and sturdy backdrops for many types of flowers and foliage plants.


Rosemary is not only an herb, but it is an evergreen plant that adds interesting foliage to your shrubs in the front of the house. It’s easy to grow and can take the heat as well.


Loropetalum is a fast-growing evergreen shrubs that southern landscapers love to use. They have dark purple foliage most of the year but bloom with wispy pink flowers in the spring. Because they grow so fast, they make an excellent choice if it’s the privacy you’re looking for.


Junipers are rugged and dependable shrubs that are easy to grow. There are different species of Junipers for every type of climate. They produce berries from fall into winter. Look for the low growing varieties such as Wilton or Nana for the front of a house.


Lilacs are taller, scented shrubs that have good cut flowers. Lilacs are best used when they are their own showy shrubs or as a background shrub.



Azaleas are shrubs with vibrant colors to light up shady or dark spots. They produce many different bell or star-shaped flower colors ranging from white, pink, red, purple, lavender, and orange.


Hostas are perfect low lying plants for the front landscaping areas of your house. They come in a variety of striking green shades from chartreuse to dark green. You can layer in Hostas in front of taller plants for increased variety.

Sunshine Ligustrum

Ligustrum is a stunning bright yellow/green shrub that is perfect as a foundation plant. Pair it with plants with darker foliage for a striking contrast.


One of my absolute favorite plants with a heavenly smell is a Gardenia. There are a few varieties you can choose from – some grow tall and some are dwarf versions that stay low to the ground. Either way, you’ll have amazing scents when they bloom!

Fire Power Nandina

Fire Power Nandina is a great choice for landscaping the front of your house. It is a low growing shrub and has beautiful red leaves in the fall and winter.

Cryptomeria (Globosa Nana) or Dwarf Japanese Cedar

I’ve seen these called both ways, but either way you say it, it’s an incredibly low maintenance shrub. It has bright green foliage and is evergreen.

There are so many choices for foundation plants or low-maintenance shrubs that are perfect for planting in the front of your house.

Try pairing a few with different color foliage or blooms as well as choosing varying heights. For example, 2 Gardenias on the side of a walkway, Azaleas lining the front, and a bed of Ligustrum mixed with Firepower Nandina. That combo would be a striking look.

Make sure to give each plant plenty of room to grow when first planting. Pay attention to your spacing and planting guides and you should have a beautifully landscaped area for years to come.

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What to plant in front of the house on the street

When landscaping the dacha, each owner tries to plant greenery in the estate, decorating it with different plants. Such living decorations create a cozy atmosphere, prevent excess dust from the road, protect from wind and noise.

If you plant trees along the fence, you can hide from the eyes of passers-by and neighbors.

Before you go shopping for seedlings, consider the following points:

If space permits, plant in several rows. So, a solid green wall is formed.

Low plants (such as blue spruce) are recommended to be placed close to the road to absorb the harmful exhaust gases from vehicle fuel.

Near the fence grow large trees (birch, willow), the height of which exceeds the fence. Such a double wall well protects residents of the private sector from road dust.

Do not forget about the rapidly developing root system, which can damage the base of the fence, so the distance from the seedlings to the fence should be from 3 to 5 m. With a smaller indicator, the roots will lead to cracks in the foundation as they grow, or a nearby fence will shade the trees .

Compositions of shrubs and flowers are often planted - mixborders to create a bright landscape composition.

Plants should be selected in such a way that they are fragrant and bloom at different times, creating a year-round riot of colors on the site.

Both dwarf trees and coniferous species (thuja, juniper) will be appropriate. But such a combination requires constant care. When choosing cultures, one must take into account their compatibility with each other.

Now let's look at what plants should be planted near the fence in the yard or on the street side.

If the fence is high, then strong shading will not be favorable for all plants.

Do not exclude coniferous specimens - they are excellent air purifiers. Spruce varieties are suitable:

In order not only to enjoy the beauty, but also to enjoy the fruits, you can plant fruit trees:

Do not forget about the beauty and aroma of flowering lilacs, fruit hawthorn. Bright dahlias also look great.

Plantings along the fence from the side of the street trap dust and protect from prying eyes.

When creating a coniferous composition, keep a distance of 30 cm between each tree and trim them carefully as they grow. If you need a lush crown, then it is better to buy chestnut and acacia seedlings.

When a tree serves as a support for a fence, it is worth choosing durable species with even trunks:

Selected specimens must tolerate pruning and be resistant to environmental influences.

What kind of trees to plant near different types of fences

In order to correctly determine which plants will be appropriate for a particular fence, it is worth considering the design features of the fence, namely the material from which it is built.


There are no restrictions on the choice of plantings for natural hedges. Against the background of a classic fence, boards, seedlings of fruit trees look good: apple trees, cherries, plums, pears.

Any shrubs (barberry, lilac, elder) will be an excellent addition to landscape design. You can experiment with wild grapes, hops.


Decorative forging goes well with conifers. They can make the boundaries of the site visually wider. Fans of original solutions should try to compose a composition of various low-growing plants with exotic trees.

Photo: bush hides summer cottage from prying eyes

Chain-link nets

Such a fence is placed in the private sector on the border of two plots or as a budget fence for summer cottages. To make less curious views on your estate, you need to build a green wall. Climbing plants go well with the net. Fit:

You should be especially careful with the latter, because it grows quickly, and it is difficult to remove it, so new shoots should be removed immediately.

Planting is recommended to be carried out at a distance of at least 1 m from each other.

If you want to use the soil near the fence with benefit, then we advise you to pay attention to the high Jerusalem artichoke, which will be an excellent fruit cover.

From corrugated board

This design has its own characteristics. The metal gets very hot in the summer under the scorching sun, which is why the choice of seedlings is rather limited. You should take unpretentious types (rose hips, raspberries, creepers).

Photo: decorating the perimeter of the site with conifers

Brick, concrete

Such a massive fence would require a good green camouflage.

The distance from the trees to the fence foundation must be at least 3 m. A shorter distance will result in the destruction of the concrete base.

Useful tips for planting shrubs, trees along fences

If you decide to start planting plants near your home for the first time, fences, we advise you to consider the following:

  1. The best time to plant or transplant plants is autumn. But it is desirable to complete the work before mid-October, so that the seedling has time to take on the first cold weather.
  2. If flowering falls in the spring, then you need to plant in the fall, if flowering at the end of summer, you can start planting in the spring.
  3. Planting any kind of live plants at sub-zero temperatures is not possible.
  4. In the case when the work was not completed before the end of October, you can try to protect the roots of seedlings by mulching (peat, sawdust, leaves).
  5. All flowering, fruiting plants are planted on the sunny side of the site.
  6. Distance from the road surface must be between 30 and 50 cm.

Photo: planted clubs along the perimeter of the fence

Tall trees and shrubs should be trimmed periodically so that the crown of the trees does not block the view of the roadway or cause conflicts with neighbors.

Photographs of plantings on and off site

Raspberry bushes after fencing Live fencing of the site with conifers

Climbing plants planted along the chain-link.

Landscaping the borders of the backyard territory is a natural set of vibrant colors of landscape design that will make the site well-groomed, cozy and protected from prying eyes.

Tips for landscape designers: What to plant in front of the house to make it beautiful

The process of urbanization is currently in reverse. Increasingly, the urban population is trying to retire in the bosom of nature, moving to permanent or temporary residence in a private house located somewhere outside the city. And this is not surprising, because only in this way you can truly relax in all respects - not only in the physical, but also in the emotional, spiritual. In view of this, there is a need to make the atmosphere of staying in the house as cozy and comfortable as possible.

At the same time, this issue concerns not only the internal arrangement of the house, but also the external one. Therefore, a well-thought-out landscape design in front of the house is just one of the most important factors affecting the overall pastime. Moreover, this feature is an indisputable indicator of taste, understanding of the aesthetic features of the owner himself, and besides, some landscape details can significantly transform the building itself, making it even more attractive.

Home garden design ideas

The area near the house primarily separates private property from street property, and can also decorate the housing itself. Today, the arrangement of household plots is not a particular problem; there are many interesting proposals and ideas in this regard. For example, the simplest and most common way is to decorate the site with flower beds, creating a hedge. Increasingly popular are fountains in front of the house or artificial reservoirs, decoration near the house area with various figures, statues or other unusual details.

Gazebos and specially designated areas for recreation are an integral part of any private house. The choice is huge, it all depends on the taste preferences of the owner and, accordingly, his financial capabilities.

In this case, the main thing to consider is an important point - the choice of landscape compositions must necessarily correspond to the style and architectural character of the building.

Flower garden design idea

Creation of a flower garden

The organization of a home flower garden requires the observance of certain conditions, the omission of which can negate all the efforts made and spoil the overall picture of landscape design. So, it is important to think over the creation of a flower bed in such a way that its spirit and volume are in good harmony with the architectural direction of the property, and choose color schemes so that the plants are not too catchy and distract general attention, but also so that they do not fade against the background of the chosen design. First of all, attention is always paid to the entrance area. Along the path leading to the door on both sides, you can plant selected flowers and plants in rows. At the same time, the presence of bright and colorful flowers in the flower bed will be an ideal option for a house, a restrained style, and if the building has some decorative details, then in this case it is wise to choose a modest color scheme.

Flower garden in front of the entrance to the house

It's worth noting that a well-designed flower bed can be a successful way to mask some architectural flaws, or just a great option to transform the landscaping around the house. In such cases, they often resort to organizing a mixborder. Due to the presence of flowers of different types and sizes, this garden composition can become an ornament for any front garden.

Another color solution is the rabatka - flowers that are planted in a row and alternate in size. And if the backyard territory allows, then you can resort to planting flower borders, as one of the options for decorating the path.

Plant selection

When making a flower garden near the house, it is better to have trees, shrubs, perennial and annual flowers as a priority.

It is not recommended to plant exotic plants in the front garden, because they require constant care and attention, and the result does not always justify the effort.

For example, lilac or barberry bushes, viburnum or rose hips are perfect for creating a hedge. For a fence made of metal or stone, climbing plants in the form of grapes, kirkazon, actinidia and others will serve as the best option. And coniferous undersized plants can refresh the atmosphere and add notes of aristocracy. An interesting and unusual decor for the porch will be flowers in clay pots, hydrangea or lavender bushes, or climbing flowers.

If you think carefully about the principle of organizing the front garden, correctly selecting and alternating summer, autumn and winter plants, then you can enjoy the beauty of flowers almost all year round.

Hydrangea can mask imperfections in the yard

Planting principle

To give more aesthetics to the area in front of the house, you should take into account a few simple, but quite important tips:

One of the options for a flower garden in front of the house

Landscaping parts

Decorating the area in front of the house is a rather laborious task. To obtain a satisfying result, it is worth working hard, applying all your imagination and resourcefulness to this matter.

Having finished with the organization of the flower garden, many owners of estates prefer to complete it by finally using landscape accessories, selected in one design direction.

Decorative vases and flowerpots, wooden tubs and barrels, granite and concrete flowerpots can be used as appropriate compositions, of course, all this should be selected according to the architectural style of the building. Another interesting and eye-catching element is various garden figurines and statues, or large beautiful stones. One way or another, when arranging the proposed site, it is important to observe the golden mean so as not to make the overall look too catchy or overloaded.

Decorative elements for the garden will add zest to the overall design of the landscape

Figured decoration of bushes

Curly shrubs or an unusual haircut for hedges are very popular today. Of course, landscape design of this type requires a lot of effort and not a small financial investment, but the result is worth it. Unusually shaped shrubs can be like improvised gates, placed on one side and the other of the doors, or they can act as a frame for the path leading to the main entrance.


Garden paths

To give an aesthetic appearance to the entire backyard, garden paths can be laid out. Most often, for this you can use paving slabs, paving stones, use the laying of bricks or natural stone. This element of the overall landscape design has great advantages, as it allows you to make the area in front of the house neater, especially in inclement weather. Moreover, the arrangement of such paths ensures comfortable movement of residents and visually separates the functional areas of the entire site. Along the entire length of such paths, you can plant flower arrangements, scatter gravel and create small lawns.

Garden paths may require natural stone.

Fountains and reservoirs

Beautiful and varied fountains always attract attention, no matter where they are located - in a park area or in front of the house (which is even better!). The organization of such design solutions successfully combines several positive aspects: the fountain in the courtyard gives more expressiveness and aesthetics to the entire site, but also provides a constant high level of humidity. Small ponds, ponds, or a murmuring waterfall can become the main design exposition, creating a sense of peace and tranquility.


Green rooms

Modern trends in landscape design involves the organization of the so-called "green rooms". These are areas specially designated for recreation, with garden gazebos in the front garden. In such corners there is upholstered furniture designed for a pleasant and comfortable pastime, plants in special containers, tables for eating, as well as lamps that make the evening enchanting and magical. When organizing such green rooms, you should carefully consider the cover to protect furniture and other components of the overall interior from bad weather.

Green room

Designing a front yard is a fun and interesting activity, especially since there are more than enough variations. Of course, you can reconstruct the territory in front of the house with your own hands, or you can seek help from specialists who have sufficient information on current trends and relevant skills in this area. In a short time and taking into account the personal taste preferences of the owner of the estate, such experts are able to transform the area in front of the house, making it unusual and unique.

Which trees are better to plant in front of the house in the yard?

Beautiful trees give the site not only a decorative look, but also purify the air, create comfort in the territory. What trees to plant near the house so that later there are no allergies and unpleasant surprises, and the yard near the house looks cozy?

  1. Tree and shrub options
  2. Cherry
  3. Juniper
  4. Rosehip
  5. Larch
  6. Chestnut
  7. Spruce and pine
  8. Kalina
  9. Maple
  10. Rowan
  11. Apple tree
  12. Fern

Tree and shrub options

From a wide variety of shrubs and trees, it is difficult to navigate and choose what suits you best. Let us dwell on the common, unpretentious bushes and trees that gardeners plant in the adjacent territories.

Before starting to plant a tree or a bush near the house, it is important to take into account signs. Not everyone believes them, but often they play a decisive role in choosing a plant, and often a tree not planted according to the rules can lead to trouble. Poplar causes allergies, and both it and walnut can destroy foundations and the road. What trees can be planted near the house?


In the East, cherries are associated with amulets that bring prosperity and good luck. This is a tree that every spring pleases with dense flowering and sweet aroma of flowers. It is unpretentious to conditions, tolerates shaded and sunny places well. The tree is undemanding to the soil - you can do without top dressing if you do not want to have a large crop of berries.

If you believe the signs, then a fire kindled under a cherry in a country house increases material wealth. Therefore, feel free to plant a tree in the part of the yard where you will make barbecue.

An older tree will please not only with flowering in autumn, but also with an abundance of berries in summer. Ripe fruits can be used to make compotes, jams. And cherry branches are suitable for fragrant tea.

For a small area, a dwarf cherry is suitable. In the spacious yard of the cottage, you can plant full-fledged trees. But just cut the branches periodically, otherwise they will grow too high.


Beautiful juniper bushes look great. This beautiful plant can be planted on the site both in the form of a shrub and in the form of a tree - it all depends on preferences.

Juniper has long been considered a powerful plant that protects against evil people and spirits. Therefore, having landed it in the yard, you will be protected.

Juniper loves fertile soil with humus, frequent watering and moist air. Therefore, if you live in a dry climate, try to spray the plant at least at a young age.

Juniper branches and cones, like spruce, purify the air of poisons, so planting such a plant like spruce near a road or fence is ideal.


Rosehip is considered a noble plant that protects the family from adversity. This is a reborn rose, in which the fading buds were not cut off in time. But the wild rose blooms profusely, which looks very beautiful near the windows and the fence, even though the flowers are barren.

Rosehip bushes are undemanding to the soil, but if humus is periodically added to it, the fruits will be larger and healthier. The fruits are used to make tea - the older, the healthier.

Rosehip loves watering, but you can not overmoisten the soil. Also, the plant requires periodic treatments for diseases that can cause darkening of the fruit.


Larch looks beautiful closer to autumn, when the spreading branches acquire an unusual luminous shade. Larch will help melancholic people cope with problems, look at life positively.

Larch is not capricious to conditions, but loves the sun and water. Therefore, it is preferable to plant larch in a sunny place near the hedge, which you will often water. Near larch in the shade, it is better not to plant large plants, but to confine yourself to low grass around, which will give the area a special flavor.


Many argue about the dangers and benefits of planting a chestnut near the house in terms of energy. It cleans the negativity well. But if you do not have any special problems, then you should not expect an energy charge from the chestnut.

On the other hand, the chestnut protected from pests blooms beautifully, attracts many bees to the site. But keep in mind that the chestnut has powerful roots and grows large.

Spruce and pine

Spruce is a beautiful and useful plant, so many prefer to plant different species of pines and spruces near houses. But not everyone knows that only some types of spruce are most suitable for this purpose.

It is better to plant large trees away from other plants if you still decide to grow conifers or spruce shrubs in your yard in the shade. Spruce has fairly developed and strong roots that can easily break the foundation. Away from home, the spruce will please the eye if the lawn is planted around with grass. In winter, you can decorate a spruce, and in summer you can admire the greenery and cones that are used for jam.

What kind of trees can be planted? Breeds of dwarf spruce can be planted closer to the building in the shade, if the branches are not very spreading. Otherwise, spruce will overshadow other flowers if they grow in a flower bed.

Spruce, like pine, is a tree that collects solar light energy in summer and is able to bestow it on you in winter. Spruce heals from mental and physical wounds, helps creative people in their work. She also brings peace and tranquility to families.

If you decide to plant spruce trees on the site, choose medium-sized varieties that are unpretentious in care and attract attention. It is better to plant a tree in the shade so that there is nothing but grass nearby. It will grow well if you add humus, and treat the bark from pests. The crown usually does not need processing and develops well in all varieties.


Is it possible to plant viburnum near the house? This tree is considered protective, giving consent to the inhabitants. The tree will give recovery to the sick and give vitality if you squeeze viburnum near the house. The berries of this plant with a thin crown are used to make teas.

Viburnum is undemanding to the soil and climate, it can grow well even without special care in the shade.

Is it possible to plant maple in the local area? It is possible, since this tree brings peace to the family, reduces the number of quarrels and disagreements. Carved leaves will delight residents in all seasons except winter. In summer they will be green, and in autumn they will amaze with the beauty of natural gold near the house.

Maple is unpretentious to conditions, but the older the tree, the more it grows, it has powerful roots, so it is better to plant it not so close to the foundation.


Rowan is best planted not so far from the windows, so that the tree is well. It is especially pleasant to see young mountain ash from the bedroom windows for spouses - this will refresh their physical attraction to each other, make the marriage strong and tender.

Mountain ash loves partial shade and loose soil, but adapts well to other conditions as well, if we are talking about a healthy young seedling.

Apple tree

It is useful to plant an apple tree near a house or a fence where a young girl lives. This beautiful tree will help you find pure tender love and successfully marry. An apple tree in bloom will delight in spring and early summer, and at the end of summer and autumn it will give a good harvest if preventive spraying against pests and diseases is carried out in a timely manner.

It is better to whitewash the trunk of an apple tree so that rodents do not damage it and the tree is protected. It is useful to add humus to the soil.


To plant a fern in front of the house or not - many people ask this question, since many signs are associated with it. The fern bush in terms of energy nullifies quarrels, makes housing protected from evil spirits. But at the same time, it can cause allergies, it takes a lot of oxygen. Although when landing on the street near the house, all this will not be noticeable.

Fern requires some care, so study in advance the necessary conditions for its growth and normal development near the house. Fertile soil, shade and moderate watering are the basic rules for growing ferns near the house.

Before planting a tree or shrub near a house or fence, study its features and terrain, evaluate the free area.

In front of the house.

Site design: gate, lawn, flower garden, what else?

Do-it-yourself landscape design: how to decorate the entrance to the site

Andrey Lysikov Candidate of Biological Sciences, Senior Researcher Institute of Forest Science RAS, author of 13 books and more than 600 scientific and popular science articles on forest soil science, ecology, landscape design and ornamental gardening, garden photography, practicing garden master and consultant

Starting the development of a suburban area, we rarely pay attention to the design of the space in front of the house. We put up a fence, make a gate and a gate - and we return to the design of the front garden and the entrance to the site much later, when the house is standing, the trees are planted, the lawns are sown. What is important to consider when forming a zone in front of the house? We give advice on landscape design with your own hands.

Gate and gate

The perception of the garden will largely depend on the appearance and location of the gate. It is advisable to place it in such a way as to combine the useful with the pleasant, namely, the convenience of access to the site and the passage to the house with the attractiveness of the view from the gate.

For gates and gates, materials are selected that are combined with the materials used in the construction of the fence. Relatively speaking, plastic gates are completely unsuitable for a brick fence, as well as gates made of chain-link mesh. But metal and wood are very suitable materials for making a gate that will be in harmony with most types of fences.

The dimensions of the wicket and gate must ensure comfortable passage and passage to the site, usually the width of the wicket is at least 1 m, and the width of the gate is at least 2. 5–3 m.

The attractiveness of the gate will largely depend on its frame, on the nature of the decoration. For these purposes, climbing plants seem to be specially designed. Depending on the size and design of the gate, it can be decorated, for example, with climbing honeysuckle, girlish grapes, actinidia or climbing roses. In the front part of the garden, conifers of a columnar or pyramidal shape, symmetrically planted near the gate, such as the western thuja Columna and Smaragd or the common juniper Suecica, look good.

Front garden

As follows from explanatory dictionaries, "front garden" is a flower garden or a small garden enclosed by a palisade along the house, usually along its front part. This is the very first garden picture that a person sees when approaching a site or opening a gate. The front garden can be an ordinary, inexpressive passage zone, but you can turn it into an independent, originally designed miniature garden.

Retaining wall separating the front garden from the house

Front gardens look most solemn, imitating regular parterres with low molded cotoneaster or barberry borders, as well as topiary figures, which are often created using conifers.

Small coniferous trees and large shrubs of the original appearance are planted in free front gardens as tapeworms. These are, for example, the bizarre Norway spruce Inversa, the columnar common juniper Hibernica, or the golden form of the western Rheingold arborvitae. In the center of plant compositions and as dominants, bright and attractive deciduous trees are also planted, such as the globular Norway maple Globosum, the Kilmarnock goat willow grafted onto a trunk, and the rough weeping elm Camperdownii.

Front gardens can be designed in a utilitarian manner (orchard, ornamental vegetable garden or herb garden imitating a monastery apothecary garden). In their design, you can often find sculptural or everyday elements, such as stone, wooden or clay figures, retro-style objects: ancient mechanisms, garden tools and accessories.

Front gardens "with them" and "with us"

Unfortunately, in our country, front gardens in general, and even more so beautiful, elegantly executed, are rare. The reason for this, obviously, is the prevailing way of life, which involves fencing off the whole world with high, deaf fences. In this case, the very idea of ​​\u200b\u200blaying out a front garden loses its meaning - decoration in front of the house, put on display, for everyone.

What kind of artistic techniques can be found in the design of small plots of land under the windows or in front of the entrance to a Dutch, German or Belgian house! Flat parterres and compositions using geoplastic techniques are adjacent, miniature slides, retaining walls and borders made of wood or stone rise. Concrete containers, ceramic flowerpots and boxes made of boards and old sleepers are hidden under cascades of ampelous annuals.

Numerous options for paving and backfilling with crushed stone, pebbles or gravel screenings alternate with the greenery of short-cut tiny lawns. There are large stones: boulders, flat slabs or angular fragments of rock, reminiscent of islands, surrounded by a foamy surf of sedum, sapwood or thyme.

Many areas are dominated by flower front gardens, which show all the advantages of gardens of continuous flowering. Often there are so-called staffing elements - objects made of stone, metal or wood: hollowed-out flower decks, bird drinkers, ancient plows and anchors, as well as original garden furniture made of snags or roots. Old stumps and wood saw cuts turn into flower vases or pedestals.

Parade area

The front area usually bears the main "representative" load and determines the perception of the main object on the site - a residential building. The most frequently used garden elements in this part of the site are parterre lawns and flower beds, free flower arrangements, as well as plantings of coniferous or decorative deciduous trees and shrubs. In the front part, a pond, fountain or other water objects are sometimes arranged to enliven the territory. It is advisable to provide for the placement of garden benches, awnings from the sun and rain, or a place to relax and chat with guests.

Open or semi-open spaces are known to be friendlier than closed ones. The shape and dimensions of the front of the site are also important. A square, rectangle or circle is preferable to an irregular shape or an elongated stripe.

When at the entrance to the site there is enough space to "run up the view", the house, located at some distance, in the depths of the site, focuses attention on itself and is perceived as a whole, and the parterre part plays the role of a rich frame for it.

If the house is extended to the street, the parterre area of ​​the plot, which is also the entrance, will be reduced to a front garden at best. Thus, the owners often close themselves off from the surrounding disturbing world and at the same time free up space for their private garden located behind the house. This is an example of an introverted garden intended for a narrow circle of people; it can be found in England, and in Holland, and in our country.

The sophistication of the landscape design of the front part of the site must necessarily be combined with the functionality of this territory. No design finds can compensate for elementary inconveniences that may relate to the nature of the road surface, the location and size of the gate and gate, the width and turning radius of the entrance road, the magnitude of the slopes, the placement of paths, and many others.

When calculating the balance of the territory of the site for the front zone, rather large areas of paved surfaces are usually provided. If, in general, on a household plot, a hard surface occupies approximately 10–15% of the territory, then in the front part it can be 20–25% or more. Indeed, because here, as a rule, there is an entrance road, and often a parking lot, footpaths.

How to decorate the entrance to the site: lawns, flower beds, vertical gardening

The lawn is one of the most sought-after landscape elements in the front area, there can be quite a lot of it here. In order not to complicate the care of the lawn, do not break it into small fragments. A single sheet of lawn looks more solid and is a great backdrop for placing other decorative elements on it.

This advice applies not only to lawns, but also to flower beds, group plantings and many other components that make up a garden. Whether we are talking about creating a flower garden from perennials or building a rockery, working with “broad strokes”, operating with enlarged groups of objects usually gives a more impressive result than a combination of a large number of small decorative elements, which often leaves a feeling of fuss and anxiety.

The entrance area to the site, as well as the parterre part, significantly benefits from the use of vertical gardening techniques in its design. These can be arches at the entrance and on the way to the house, entwined with flowering vines, pergolas and canopies in the corners of the rest. Openwork gazebo gazebos will be appropriate at the intersection of paths, and living trellis walls entwined with girlish grapes, aristolochia or wood pliers will also be able to perform a utilitarian function - to separate the parking lot or block the view of the site from the side of the street. In combination with a dense hedge around the perimeter of the site, the use of green verticals creates an atmosphere of security and comfort in the garden.

Climbing rose on grate

A classic lawn or floral parterre can be completed with wooden or metal pyramids or columns decorated with climbing roses, clematis or honeysuckle. The use of repetitive, regular decorative elements gives the front area a particularly solemn look.

In the parterre part of the site, flower beds are most often planted from colorful annuals, arranging flower beds, flower beds, or even in some cases carpet flower beds. Group plantings of beautifully flowering perennials create, albeit a shorter, but impressive effect. To do this, use the brightest varieties of peonies, lilies, saplings, phloxes, daylilies, astilbes, hostas, irises.

Planting mixborders, which combine not only perennials of different flowering periods, but also ornamental shrubs, will create a continuous change of colors in the parterre area throughout the growing season.

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Secrets of a beautiful front garden: what is better to plant at the entrance

A beautiful front garden is the hallmark of a garden or living area. A small area, fenced with a low openwork fence, is usually located on the main facade of the house, but sometimes a front garden is also planned on the sides of the building. The first impression of the house and the garden plot largely depends on the condition of the front garden, on how well-groomed and well-planned it is. This article is all about a beautiful front garden that makes the neighbors jealous.

Front garden style

There are many things to consider when thinking about the style of your front garden:

Illumination of the site - if it is planned to arrange a front garden on the north side of the house, then it will not be possible to plant sun-loving plants, it will not be possible to arrange a rocky garden of succulents (for example), because these plants wither without sunlight. On the south side, ferns, hostas and hydrangeas, which simply incinerate under the hot rays, will not take root. In any case, it is very important to choose plants based on the orientation of the site to the cardinal points.

Having free time to take care of the front garden is actually a very important aspect, because some compositions require abundant frequent watering, pruning, feeding with certain nutritional compounds, pest control. If there is no time to care for whimsical plants, then the front garden will soon wither.

The choice of style is also a very important issue, because garden compositions are not only plants, but also small forms, statues, benches, benches, children's swings, picturesquely inscribed in a small front garden. The choice depends on the owner of the site, his preferences, but everything should be harmonious.

Fence or hedge: how to design a front garden

Let's start with the front garden fence. A low fence can be made of wood, metal, stone or replace the fence with living plants. Low curly hedges look very impressive. I will not hide that such plantings will have to be cut several times during the season, but how spectacular the hedge of the vesicle or boxwood looks, and the prickly wall of barberry or holly will not let people and animals into the territory.

Unfortunately, the adjoining territories are rarely left open for review, most often powerful strong fences are erected between the house and the road, therefore only guests and owners can admire the front garden.

Front garden fencing, if planned, should be made of materials that will suit the landscape style of the area. Airy carved picket fences with plantings in country or eco style look amazing. In a high-tech style garden, fences and decorative metal details must be included.

If the front garden is planned in the style of a children's fairy tale, log or wooden fences for the front garden will do. Russian or Ukrainian theme - wicker fences.

When there is no time: lawn plus one

An ordinary lawn grass clearing is not a completely boring solution for decorating a front garden, especially when there is not enough time to care for capricious elite plants. In this case, it is enough to choose just one plant as a tapeworm, so that the lawn turns from a strict green patch into a favorite corner of the garden. The following plants can act as tapeworms:

Orientation to cardinal directions

North, northeast, northwest

Cypress, thuja, spruce, hosta, hydrangea, lilac, calla, eland.

South, southwest, southeast

Hibiscus, miscanthus, pampas grass, yucca, barberry.

Roses, especially standard roses, lilies, standard currants or gooseberries, columnar fruit trees.

Solitaire does not have to be placed in the middle of the lawn, the plant can be planted diagonally. In areas where autumn comes early, a tub plant can be recommended as a tapeworm, which can be transferred to a warm room for the winter.

Original tub tapeworms - Brugmansia and citrus crops.

If the garden is designed in an oriental style, the tapeworm can be chosen in an unconventional weeping shape. Wisteria, willow, sakura, quince are ideal.

You see how simple it is - a lawn carpet and one main plant. The front garden will turn out to be strict, but luxurious.

Lawn with flowers

Another option for decorating a front garden is sowing a Moorish lawn. So you can decorate areas designed in a folk style. Luxurious bright orange escholzia set off blue cornflowers, pink porridge winks at a strict chamomile, and voluminous gypsophila balls give airiness and sublimity to a flowering lawn.

Caring for Moorish lawn is easy - it is mowed once a season, in autumn. The Becker online store offers ready-made mixtures of Mauritanian (blooming) lawn seeds with different plant heights. It is possible to plant a low-growing flowering clearing (from 15 cm to 25 cm), we recommend that lovers of natural meadows purchase a classic Moorish lawn with a flower height of up to 25 cm.

Perennials: a wonderful front garden decoration

A lot of flower growers are fond of some kind of flower culture, from the front garden of such an amateur it is easy to guess his favorite flower. Very often in the front garden you can find lilies, dahlias and gladioli. Now garden centers offer such an abundance of varieties that you can always create unforgettable compositions of spectacular shades.

Tall lupins, graceful delphiniums, monarda, stock-rose with huge bright flowers, strict leucanthemum, meadowsweet, goldenrod, catnip, asters look great in the front garden. These perennials do not require special care, winter well, please with long flowering.

Perennials for decorating the front garden are endless: fragrant panicled phloxes, graceful bare-legged daylilies, austere irises and luxurious peonies.

Annuals: different front garden every year

Annuals in the front garden also look very cool, but for those who like to grow seedlings on their own, you will have to work hard from the winter. But the handsome flowers from their seedlings grow strong, like tin soldiers, bloom early and decorate rabatki until autumn.

Favorite annuals of many flower growers: petunia, aster, tagetes, levkoi, vervain, escholzia, godetia, cornflowers.

The front garden should be beautiful, unique and bright. You can choose only a few varietal varieties for planting in the front garden, and the memory of this flower bed will excite the soul for a long time.

What trees can and cannot be planted on the plot near the house

When choosing plants, it is necessary to plan correctly, taking into account the full size of the trees. It must be borne in mind that immediately after planting, the plant will not bear fruit; it takes several years for the plant to fully mature. If the territory of the site allows, then you can plant not only fruit trees, but also ornamental trees. Consider which trees are best suited for planting near the house.

Planting fruit trees near the house

Before deciding to plant trees near the house, you need to take into account the conditions for caring for plants, and the main purpose, that is, a hedge or fruit species, or maybe just to create a shady zone.
The most picky fruit plant is the apple tree and cherry, these trees delight with the beauty of flowering in the spring, and emit a pleasant aroma. In summer and autumn, plants bear a large number of fruits. In the people, a cherry planted near the house is considered to attract good luck and abundance. Kindling a fire under a cherry brings material benefits, so it is better to plant a tree where the barbecue will stand. On the site you can plant unusual trees such as actinidia, plum, peach, nectarine, walnut and others.

You can plant a pear tree near a residential building, its roots go deep and do not harm the foundation. This tree is considered a symbol of motherhood and brings stability to the family.
Walnut is not recommended to be planted near a house or other buildings, as this plant has strongly developed roots and can damage the foundation of a building. Also, do not plant poisonous trees near the house.
Rowan is perfect for planting near the house, this tree helps to cure colds, and, according to signs, protects against witchcraft.
Rowan and rose hips are well suited from shrubs, rose hips are rich in vitamin C, both plants help to quickly recover from colds. Such plants have an attractive appearance, and emit a pleasant aroma.

Planting ornamental trees near the house

Care considerations are also taken into account when choosing ornamental plants. For a hedge, you can plant wild grapes, derain, honeysuckle, lilac, hawthorn or junipers. In order for trees to be durable, it is necessary for each species to create favorable conditions.

According to popular beliefs, juniper is considered a good talisman against inducing damage or love spells. When planting such a plant near the house, it protects the whole family, juniper is planted right in front of the house.
Larch is especially beautiful, it helps to get rid of stress and depression, restores strength. It will help relieve stress and improve mood, gives strength and determination acacia, it also helps with infertility.
If the building is located near the highway, then tall plants such as acacia, thuja, elm or maple are planted along the edge of the site, lush foliage helps protect against car gases. As ornamental plants, deciduous and coniferous trees are used, with their help they create various compositions on the site or are planted singly.

Which trees should not be placed near the house?

Coniferous trees, especially spruce, have a strong root system and can even destroy a structure, so such trees are not planted near the house. It is also not recommended to place an oak on the territory, this tree has a strong root system, and can damage the building, people say that this is a very bad omen, and can lead to the death of the head of the family.
Birch has a protective function from evil and negativity, but it should not be placed inside the site, it is better to plant a tree near the yard. According to signs, you can’t plant willow, this is to death. Poplar can damage the home, as it has a powerful root system.

When choosing a pine, you must immediately take into account the place, there should not be vegetable or fruit plantations nearby, as this plant will destroy all the fruits. If ornamental plants are located nearby, then you can plant a pine tree, it also has a protective function.

How to choose the right fruit trees?

To create a beautiful and prolific garden, it is necessary to take into account some features of plants. In order for trees to bear many fruits, they must be well lit, fertilized, watered, and receive timely pruning, as well as pest control.
To save space and plant as many plants as possible, dwarf trees are chosen. This allows you to plant several types of fruit plants in one small area.
When choosing plants, it is necessary to take into account the taste preferences of all family members, as well as the climate in the region. Honeysuckle and sea buckthorn can be planted in the middle lane, chokeberry only in the northern part of the region. Heat-loving plants are cherry plum, cherry, plum, cherry, apple tree, and pear. Apricot can develop in different regions, but basically it is also a heat-loving plant, peaches and nectarines are also included here.
To keep the garden neat, plants need to be given the correct shape by pruning. To give accuracy, and a certain style, it is necessary to plant ornamental plants that will go well with fruit trees.

Basic tips for choosing trees around the house

Ornamental trees can also be chosen as dwarf trees, their roots are not large, they do not harm the foundation, and the building itself. Lilacs, wild grapes, small dwarf trees, and bushes can be used as hedges. When planting, it must be borne in mind that large trees will eventually make a large shadow over the house and yard.
Lilac is considered to be the most common plant; it not only pleases with its beauty, but also with its aroma during flowering.
Large trees must be planted at a great distance from the building, as they have a strong root system that destroys the foundation. You can create special compositions from colorful trees and shrubs, this will help make the front garden near the house original.
When planting trees in suburban areas, it is necessary to check the depth of groundwater passage. Many plants will die if their root system is in water.

When to plant trees and the right purchase

Pome trees are planted in late autumn, and heat-loving stone fruits are planted in early spring. Usually two-year-old seedlings are taken, and vigorous plants, such as pears or cherries, are planted at the age of one. At the same time, plants quickly take root, and are practically not damaged by diseases.
Mostly fruit crops are planted in the spring, before the buds open, during the summer warm season the plant takes root well and tolerates winter favorably.

During the purchase of seedlings, it is necessary to inspect the plant.

  1. You can not buy a seedling with open and dry roots, such plants quickly die. The roots of the seedling should be wrapped in a bag with moist soil.
  2. The root system must be even along the entire perimeter, without visible thickening and peeling. The processes should be elastic.
  3. The buds on the tree must not be loose and swollen.
  4. Two-year-old seedlings should have a trunk height of about 50 centimeters.
  5. Kidneys should be carefully inspected for pests, spider mites, or other diseases.

It is better to buy seedlings in special nurseries in order to get the necessary plant variety that will be adapted to the given climate in the region. If you buy plants from your hands, there is a risk of running into the wrong variety that was planned to be planted.

With the right choice, as well as planting fruit and ornamental plants, you can create extraordinary beauty on the site, and collect a lot of tasty, healthy fruits. Combining fruit and ornamental dwarf plants, you can give a certain style to the site, and the residential building itself. To create a beautiful crown, it is given the correct shape by trimming excess protruding branches.

layout, design, plant selection and interesting ideas

A small plot of land between the facade and the fence can tell a lot about the owners of the house. If the yard is not fenced with a high fence and is open to the eyes of neighbors and passers-by, the design of the front garden is treated with great scrupulousness. Traditionally, the most beautiful plants are planted in it, interesting flower arrangements are created with garden figures, ponds, stones or other interesting landscape details.


What to consider when planning a front garden

Arranging any piece of land requires a systematic approach. It is impossible in a fit of desire to buy the first plants you like, randomly plant them and expect a satisfying result. In the design of the front garden, it is important to consider at least 3 determining factors. They are a hint in what and where to plant.

What to consider when choosing plants for the front garden:

  1. Plant habit. With a lack of space, the spreading crown of trees and shrubs will take up too much space, branches can reach the window and knock on the glass in strong winds;
  2. How much time will be allocated for front garden care . Capricious plant species require more attention, while unpretentious ones are content with minimal care;
  3. Orientation to the cardinal direction. Sun-loving plants are planted on the sunny side, shade-tolerant plants in the shade.

    Shade garden plants: hostas, ferns, etc.

Material costs are also an important aspect. High-quality planting material is not cheap and it is not always possible to buy everything planned at once. In this case, you can fill the front garden gradually, over several years. Temporarily empty places in this case are sown with annual flowers.

Violas in different colors

They do not form a strong root system, so they are easy to get rid of when it's time to plant something more substantial. Seeds collected from annuals are used to create mixed flower beds.

Subtleties in the design of the front garden

It is believed that the design of the front garden should have something in common with the exterior of the house. This is true, they can be kept in the same style if the owners set out to create a certain image on their site. For example, if the architecture of the house has strict geometric lines, then the space in front of the house should not be overfilled with unnecessary details either. A path made of paving slabs, a mowed lawn, standard trees, topiary from conifers - this is enough for a front garden in a modern style.

A more colorful flower garden looks harmoniously against the background of a house made of logs. Depending on the availability of free space, here you can plant berries, ornamental shrubs, break a mixborder.

Rockery near the house with conifers and hydrangea

Tips for creating a landscape around the house:

Plants for the front garden

Vegetation plays a central role in the design of the front garden. Even if it is a small paved area, you still cannot do without plants. They are planted in containers and placed along walls, fences, on the porch, hung on hooks driven into the wall of the house.

In addition, small windows are made in the paving, in which perennial grasses, annuals and even small shrubs are planted.


The main planting type in the front garden is perennials. You can use one type of plant of different varieties, or you can combine different types to create a continuously blooming flower garden.

Which perennials are suitable for the front garden:

Coniferous plants

In the landscaping of the front garden, undersized or creeping forms of junipers, firs, cypress and other evergreens are used.

You should not overload the landscape with conifers too much, as it will lose its expressiveness. Tui and junipers with a regular pyramidal or spherical crown look perfect on a mowed lawn.

You can plant several plants of the same type and complete the composition with a flower border or a small mono-bed of bright annuals.

Of course, if the area of ​​the front garden allows, it is allowed to plant tall coniferous trees, but there should not be many of them.

An exception is hedges, where the plants form a dense wall due to being close to each other. But even in this case, it is recommended to use vegetation with a small annual increase.

Slow growing conifers:

Ornamental shrubs

Deciduous shrubs are often the basis for a front garden composition. They are planted singly or in groups on a green lawn, depending on the habit of the plants and the availability of free space. Also, the green mass of the bushes is an excellent backdrop for perennial and annual flowers. Bushes in the background are especially often used in mixborders.

Deciduous shrubs for the front garden:

Shrubs are often used for hedges. If the hedge will be sheared, it is better to plant privet , snowberry , mock orange and other species with a dense crown. They grow rapidly and create a solid wall impervious to wind and road dust.

Privet Hedge


Plants with perennial foliage can be used to create interesting summer and winter arrangements. Green leaves sprinkled with snow look unusual holly mahonia and holly .

Holly mahonia in winter

Low bushes Potentilla are suitable for creating a colorful border along the path. From late spring to mid-summer, it blooms with bright yellow flowers with shiny petals, and the rest of the time it does not lose its attractiveness thanks to small evergreen leaves.

Curtains of rockrose are interesting, which does not shed its leaves in winter, provided that it is provided with abundant watering in summer. Don't Forget About boxwood , a hardy shrub that looks like a miniature tree. From winter-green ground cover plants, chistets and periwinkles can be used.

Periwinkle Blue

Important. In winter, it is not necessary to rely on the decorativeness of ground cover evergreens, since they are still hidden under the snow. Their main value lies in the fact that in early spring, immediately after the snow melts, the picturesque green curtains of these plants appear first.

Annual flowers

A strong feature of annuals is the brightness of colors and splendor of flowering. When used correctly, they are able to show themselves from an unexpected side. They are used in combination with perennials, conifers, shrubs and other vegetation. Almost no flower bed can do without annuals, they are planted in borders, discounts, mixborders, on alpine slides.

The most popular annual flowers are zinnia, petunia, tagetes, snapdragon, ageratum, salvia, celosia, Chinese aster, alyssum, bordered spurge. If you need to create an atmosphere of exoticism, this task is easy to handle by sowing seeds of statice, cineraria, gazania, ornamental cabbage, castor bean and, of course, kochia broom in the front garden.


Ornamental grasses help create a front garden with a landscape close to natural conditions. They are planted in small curtains on the lawn, in flowerpots, used to fill the space in the mixborder.

Front garden herbs:

cortaderia or pampas grass stand out for its expressive appearance. Tall stems of sprawling rosettes are crowned with stunning fluffy inflorescences.

ofiopogon is also highly decorative. Depending on the variety, its linear leathery leaves are green, almost black, green with a white or yellow stripe, white with a narrow green stripe.

Black ophiopogon

Imperata cylindrical will also add a lot of creativity to the front garden design. Its thin tall leaves resemble an artist's brush dipped in red paint. In terms of picturesqueness, emperor is able to compete with the brightest annuals.

Cylindrical Imperata

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How to make a fence

The fence that separates the front garden of the road is called the "palisade". Initially, it was a high impregnable palisade, and only a protective function was assigned to it. Over time, the design of the fence improved, its height decreased somewhat, the stakes were replaced by a picket fence, and even began to be decorated with carvings. Modern palisades are very diverse, and all of them can be divided into deaf and open.

Blind fences for the front garden

Such a fence can be installed when the distance from the facade of the house to the fence is at least 4 meters . Otherwise, the view from the windows on a solid wall will not please. If the space to the fence is sufficient, it is filled with vegetation that will hide the high fence.

Blind fence can be made of brick, wood, concrete and metal. For a brick fence, a shallow strip foundation is first poured, and already brickwork is carried out on it. So that the wall does not seem monotonous, pillars of brick of a different shade are displayed at an equal distance.

A concrete fence is made according to a similar principle and is lined with brick-like clinker, flagstone, or plastered.

Fences made of corrugated board are mounted on metal poles-supports installed at a distance 2.5 - 3 m from one another . Transverse profiled pipes are attached to the supports from below and from above (can be replaced with a beam), and purlins from a metal profile are already screwed onto them.

A metal fence can also be made on a concrete foundation, and the pipe supports can be overlaid with bricks. In this case, the transverse strips are first welded to the posts, on which the corrugated board will be attached, and after that the masonry is performed.

Wooden fence is structurally quite simple. It is made from planed boards, fitted close to one another. The slab fence looks original. Of course, the material must first be processed: sanded, varnished. You can arrange the boards in the fence vertically, horizontally and even at an angle. Such a fence is ideal for a wooden house, especially when the landscape is created in a rustic style.

Open fences

An open type fence obliges the owners of the house to maintain the front garden in perfect condition, as it is always in sight. The easiest fence option is classic wooden fence . It is compatible with any landscape and type of building, but requires regular maintenance: you need to repair damaged parts, once every 2-3 years and cover with paint or varnish.

A good analogue of wood is metal fence . It does not dry out, does not break, and it needs to be painted much less often. In appearance, metal slats almost do not differ from wooden ones, so such a fence looks quite aesthetically pleasing.

Wrought iron railing looks great near a brick or stone cottage . It doesn't matter how high it is, because even a high forged fence provides an excellent view from both sides, from the yard to the street, and from the road to the front garden.

Open fences on a brick base are very beautiful. Between the brick columns, spans of picket fence or forged gratings are mounted. The height of the base is made at will, and it happens from half a meter to half the total height of the fence.

If you need to install an open fence, but you want to provide some privacy to the yard, it is better to order a wrought iron fence with polycarbonate. The translucent material transmits light well, but through it it is almost impossible to see what is happening outside the fence. In addition, it looks quite original and representative.

Open-type fences also include chain-link mesh and welded fences. They are not as aesthetically pleasing as wooden and forged ones, but their installation is somewhat cheaper. The lack of a mesh fence is made up for by climbing plants allowed to trail along the fence.

Interesting ideas for a front garden

In a classic front garden, a dominant plant is used, around which the whole composition is built. The basis is bright, colorful plants with a long flowering period ( roses, hydrangeas, begonias ) and the rest of the space is filled with annuals and herbaceous perennials. There are other design techniques for the front garden.

Container garden

The idea came to us from Western Europe and was liked by many gardeners. The vegetation is planted in pots of different sizes, and placed in various places: on the steps of the porch, along the path, near the wall of the house on the shore of an artificial reservoir. You can create a combined flower garden in which plants in containers are adjacent to plantings in open ground.

All plants can be grown in pots: annuals, bulbs, perennials, evergreen shrubs and trees. Instead of pots, any suitable containers are used. For example, wooden boxes, tubs, carts are suitable.


The composition with an artificial pond in the front garden deserves attention in any case. The proximity of water favors a special microclimate, thanks to which the plantations look fresher and more attractive. You can also put a bench near the water, fencing it off with a green screen created on a pergola. To enhance the impression of the naturalness of the water landscape, the shore of the reservoir is decorated with stones and moisture-loving plants.

When space is scarce, a miniature reservoir is created from a plastic container. A bath, a large basin or other suitable vessel is dug into the soil, lined with pebbles and filled with water.

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