These front yard flower bed ideas are a surefire way to get your garden noticed for all the right reasons and bring serious curb appeal to your front yard.
Not only can a fresh bunch of blooms work nicely with any size and style of yard, but they’re also bound to put a smile on you and your guests’ faces.
Our curated choice of the best flower bed ideas for your front yard – from manicured lawns to whimsical arrangements – will be sure to spark inspiration if you've been pouring over front yard landscaping ideas.
Front yard flower bed ideas
There’s more than one way to add the best front yard flower bed ideas to your space.
To help, we’ve gathered fresh front yard flower bed ideas to ensure your front yard is in bloom all year round.
1. Vary the height of your plantings
Just like when you're decorating a coffee table or bookshelf inside, creating an impactful flower display means ensuring that each element not only works together, but also gets a chance to shine. Choosing plants in different heights allows each flower to be seen, while also filling in vertical space.
'It's important to think about the height of your plants,' says Jeanine Standard of Proven Winners (opens in new tab), one of the top plant brands in the U.S. 'If you're planting a flower bed along the front of your house, you want to make sure the taller plants are towards the back, near the house, and then add the perennials and annual plants as you come towards the front of the garden.'
2. Plant for year round color
To get the most out of your garden beds throughout the year, choose a variety of plants that will each shine in a different season, or opt for perennial varieties that offer year round color.
'What you want to do is plan for year round color,' says Standard. 'Plant some perennials that bring in spring color, others that bring summer color, and some for fall. It takes some planning, so that everything isn’t in bloom at once, but it's worth it. On our website we have an information page for each plant we sell, and the bloom time is there for each one.'
Mixing in flowers that bloom in the early spring, with the best late summer flowers and fall bloomers will ensure your home exterior shines in all seasons.
3. Add structure with shrubs
Start your front yard flower bed planning with shrubs, flowering bushes, and evergreens. These not only help define the boundaries of your garden, but they'll ensure your front yard has some interest no matter what the season.
Once you've planted the best evergreen shrubs for your yard, you can fill in the rest of the flower bed with smaller annuals and perennials.
4. Adjust flowers for the size of the garden beds
Scale plays a big role in the plants you chose for your flower beds. Just like you wouldn't put an oversized sofa in a studio apartment, you don't want to plant four-foot wide shrubs in a six-foot wide flower bed.
'If you have a small flower bed, go for a smaller-sized plant. You don’t want something like a Denim-n Lace plant, which reaches 4’ wide, so adjust your plant size to the size of the bed,' Standard says.
Another common mistake? Not understanding how big your plants will get. 'The worst thing to do is not anticipate that the plant will reach the full size,' says Standard.
5. Know your exposure
Exposure, or how many hours a day your plants receive sun, is a key factor in deciding what garden ideas to choose for your flower beds.
'If your flowers beds get 6-8 hours a day of sun, you can go for full-sun shrubs, perennials and annuals that can take the heat of the day,' says Standard. 'The only way to know how much sun your front yard is getting is by watching that area - looking at it every two hours and recording how much time it’s actually in the sun.'
6. Introduce a gated flower bed in your front yard
Contrary to popular belief, a beautiful, blooming garden shouldn’t be confined to your backyard.
Landscape architect and designer Carson McElheney (opens in new tab) injected beautiful garden design into her front yard by placing the gated flower bed near the front of the home.
A brick wall, iron gate, and statement-making planters round out the look, adding a 'wow' factor to these front yard flower bed ideas.
7. Add raised flower beds
'We love how our front yard landscaping project with Buds and Blossoms Cypress (opens in new tab) turned out,' she explains. 'We used both a retaining wall and a boulder to draw the eye to this flower bed lining our driveway.'
Rendon filled the raised garden bed ideas with blue plumbago and white vinca, which brought beautiful spring and summertime color to the front yard.
8. Raise your home’s facade
William Hefner (opens in new tab), on the other hand, prefers to place his raised front yard flower beds against a home’s facade.
Here, the designer opted for raised front yard flower beds that matched the home’s color and material, creating the illusion of a larger, more grandiose space. For a stately finishing touch, Hefner added two thin hedges to right next to the front door.
9. Follow the straight and narrow
Looking for front yard flower bed ideas that are stylish and soothing in equal measure? Take a cue from Maydan Architects (opens in new tab).
Here, the firm opted for straight lines of manicured leafy greens. But, in order to give their front yard flower bed ideas a pop of welcome color, Maydan Architects peppered sweet, purple flowers near the walkway.
The result: A sleek yard with an unexpected twist.
10. Keep it simple
As this yard from KAA Design Group (opens in new tab) proves, less can be more when it comes to front yard flower bed ideas, especially if you opt for the best trees for front yards, combined with the best shrubs for the front of the house.
Instead of featuring an eclectic mélange of blooms, this space keeps it simple with a predominately green yard and subtle pops of yellow. The pared-back front yard flower bed highlights the clean lines of the home’s facade, placing the property’s sleek architecture front and center.
11. Think beyond the privacy gate
When it comes to making your front yard design shine, a privacy gate can serve as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, having a barrier between your home and the street will keep wandering eyes out of sight; however, it feels virtually impossible to show off your front yard.
When considering how to plant a flower bed, take inspiration from the full, white blooms Mindy has selected. They offer a jolt of curb appeal while bringing a welcoming spirit to the gate.
12. Incorporate hedges in your front yard flower bed ideas
Bring some decorum to your front yard flower bed ideas by surrounding each bed with short, manicured hedges.
Not only can this design trick create a structurally soothing front yard, but it can also promote a logical transition from the flat, green grass to the buoyant blooms.
Designer Fernando Wong (opens in new tab) gave this space a stately edge, thanks to the organized assortment of white blooms.
13. Take 'the more, the merrier' approach when it comes to front yard flower bed ideas
If a few rows of flower beds aren’t enough to satisfy your blooming dreams, why not add a few potted plants to the mix.
Adding a few spare pots to the edge of your front yard flower beds can draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of a dimensional yard or even highlighting creative mailbox landscaping ideas. Let this space from Grace Design Associates (opens in new tab) show you how it’s done.
14. Defy gravity with hanging planters
The eclectic array of blooms seen here creates plenty of visual intrigue – not to mention gives this wooden barn a beautiful view from every angle.
15. Beautify with blooms
We love a manicured flower bed as much as the next design enthusiast, but there’s something about a wild, unkempt arrangement that transports us to the idyllic countryside.
If you want to recreate this look in your own front yard flower bed ideas, variety is key. Here, American firm Ike Kilgerman Barkley (opens in new tab) juxtaposed a colorful assortment of blooms with a pretty stone walkway.
How do I start a flower bed in my front yard?
Generous flower beds that can accommodate a good depth of planing will also allow you to think outside the box and have fun. For example, you could plant a lake of blue salvias and verbenas to create a safe ‘water’ feature and arrange stainless steel obelisks so they resemble fountains spurting up from fluttering depths.
Sunlight should be the first consideration when positioning flower beds. It changes throughout the day and can have a dramatic effect on the way a border is seen.
Ideally, this showpiece planting should be backlit with the sun filtering through the plants for a magical effect. To find which places are special can only be learnt by watching the light moving through the yard – taking photos and noting the time will help when planning.
'Improving your plant knowledge, namely the shape and form a plant makes as well as the seasonal changes it undergoes, will be an asset, but to plant like a pro you also need to develop a keen eye for picking and mixing plants,' says Adrienne Wild, owner of Wild About Gardening.
'You’ll only learn this skill by trial and error, and even the most experienced gardeners will tell you that great plant association often just happens. Don’t worry if you struggle with learning plant names, as choosing them for their form and color is more important.'
Kelsey Mulvey is a New York-born, San Francisco-based freelance journalist who covers lifestyle and design content. She started her writing career while studying magazine journalism at Boston University, where her work was syndicated by top digital publications like USA Today and MSN. Upon graduation, Kelsey covered lifestyle content The Wall Street Journal, Off Duty and Business Insider. In 2017, Kelsey started her freelance journalism career, where she contributes to design publications like AD PRO, Elle Decor, Wallpaper*, and more. W
- Kaitlin MaddenExecutive Editor, Homes & Gardens
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