Interesting Front Yard Landscape Alternatives

Do you need outdoor landscaping ideas that tolerant to the dry weather?  Most homeowners enjoy having a lovely lawn in their front yard.  But that requires a lot of maintenance and water of course.  We should all be conscience of our water usage even when it isn’t being enforced.  Here are a few outdoor landscaping ideas that do not require constant watering.

The first thing to do would be to get rid of the thirsty lawn in the front yard.  Instead have a woodsy garden, cozy patio or wild flower meadow.  One landscaping design for the front yard would be to greet your guests with a natural stone walkway.  Transform it into a woodland garden by making a path using slabs of basalt or sandstone.  The path leading to the front door becomes a destination in itself with interesting plantings dotting the stones.

If you live in the Northeast or west try planting hydrangeas that bloom in the summer and to add a little color in the winter plant a red twig dogwood shrub. One showy perennial that does very well is the hellebores.  Belonging to the buttercup family it will have almost 50 blooms on one small shrub that can grow up to 18 inches.

The southwest has been integrating drought resistant outdoor landscaping ideas using hardscapes of concrete, gravel or pavers.  They use a variety of plants in the cactus or succulent family that can be colorful and interesting.  Shade can be created by adding a pergola shading a cozy dining area.

In the west droughts plague the are from time to time.  Low maintenance and outdoor landscape ideas that require very little water should be a top priority.  Rosemary and lavendar are very useful plants for cooking, aroma and color.  They require very little maintenance or water.  Westerners should consider creating a focal point out of Mexican or concrete pavers and add a small water feature.  Setting out two small chairs and a table for a sweet area to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.  

There are several online sites that give suggestions for native plants that would deffinately thrive in your region.  These sites will more than likely offer photos of the plant varieties. To save money buy four inch pots of the desired plants and place them approximately two feet apart.  You will be surprised at how fast they grow into lovely adult plants.

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