In this front yard, a large concrete planter is wrapped in an 18"-high sleeve of burnished stainless steel and planted with a low hedge of emerald green boxwood, creating an interesting juxtaposition of sleek and rugged. To soften the look, Mexican river rock and lush coreopsis and hostas nestle at its foot.
Repeat Effectively Repetition is a trick used by garden designers to create balance and cohesivess. Make your front yard stand out from the crowd by repeating pockets of color to draw your eye down a walkway or along the front of your house. Here, beautiful blue lobelia is joined by a riot of other early-blooming plants.
Lose Your Lawn Enhance a rustic or Arts and Crafts home with a rugged walkway of pavers broken up by pockets of low-growing groundcover, such as this sweet alyssum. Lush plantings on both sides of the path help prevent this small-space front yard from feeling too tiny.