We decided to hire a designer to help us figure out how to best take advantage of the front of our home to create fantastic curb appeal. They suggested that we plant a bunch of landscaping bushes to add depth and color to the garden because they are less expensive than trees but still provide a ton of height and greenery. We did just what she told us to and went out and bought a few different varieties of evergreen shrubs to scatter along the corners of the home and driveway. I figured that they would be a good choice because they would remain colorful all year round even in the cold winter months. In addition to that we decided to plant cheaper monkey grass around the base of the bushes to create natural landscape edging to give the entire design a finished look.
This homeowner really knew what they were doing when they planted all of these palms and landscaping bushes. I think that they were able to achieve the perfect balance of different heights, plant types, hardscaping materials, and coloring to make their front yard ideas feel welcoming and complete. We have a similarly styled home and would love to figure out exactly what to do to mimic this look. Because I know that all of these plants are likely not going to be cheap, we do want to try to do both the designing and planting ourselves to try to save some money. We have a couple of large palm trees already, so I think that the primary investment (of both time and money) is going to be in planing shrubs and bushes to mimic the layout that they achieved.
We have been dabbling in gardening this year and so I am constantly looking around for inspiration of different things to add to our design. The next step in the process is picking out landscaping bushes to provide color just above ground level. As you can see from the photos we planted flowers along all of the brick edging around the house, and we have a few shorter trees framing the corners but I still think we need to add some more front yard landscaping ideas because it feels a little too bare. Unfortunately, with our neighborhood being fairly new, we don't have a lot of mature trees to fill in the yards and make the houses not feel so stark. I am thinking that some colorful flowering bushes may do the trick to prevent it from looking as cold and unwelcoming.
This is my favorite house in our neighborhood because I think that they did such a good job gardening with landscaping bushes to make it feel somewhat manicured but still wild. I don't like my yard to feel too perfect and pristine so I can really appreciate their ability to balance the two in their garden design. After speaking with them, I believe that the key to their success is combining things like wild flowers and giant flowering bushes with more sculpted plants like box wood hedges or even the occasional topiary. I get pretty much all of my landscaping ideas from them, so I was excited to take a moment to share some pictures on here. I am sure they would be proud to see what other people think about their home.
I would love to know how much it costs to purchase enough landscaping bushes to create the look of a well-maintained and mature property like this. I mean if you really study the photos you will see that their gorgeous yard design is just filled with all of the shades of green -- it makes their home feel as though it is tucked away on a lush estate even though it is in the middle of a neighborhood. Our goal is to create a similar look for our property and try to use bushes and trees to create a privacy fence around the yard. The backyard landscape design is pretty bare at the moment, so I didn't even bother posting it. However, with these inspiration photos picked out, we are now trying to figure out how much we should budget for the project. Does five thousand dollars seem like too much or too little given what we are trying to achieve?
I continue to be so surprised by how much something as simple as a few landscaping bushes can really transform the way a yard looks. Ever year we like to play around with the yard and try something a little bit different. For our landscape design 2022 we decided to pull up the old ratty ground cover that had begun to invade all of our flower beds and replace it with some full bushes and shorter ground level shrubs. We have these two gorgeous trees that frame our screened in porch, so we wanted to make sure that we didn't take away from the beauty of those in the process. We chose two different levels of landscaping shrubs to accent the space -- monkey grass to use around the borders of all the beds, then some holy bushes at around mid-height. I think that this decision created a beautifully balanced look.