The garden in front of the house is the first thing your guests see when they arrive, which is why you have to take care of its decoration. Climbing plants or plants with a sculptural silhouette, flowering plants in pots, shrubs with an exotic touch…: Discover the plants and all our landscaping ideas to create a welcoming garden in front of your house.
How to decorate the front of your house?
Climbing plants trellised on the facade
The basis of landscaping around a house is to use climbing plants whose leaves and seasonal flowers will decorate the facade and frame the front door and windows nicely.
Many climbing plants go well with the stones of old houses . It is above all necessary to choose them according to the exposure and the climate.
Some climbing plants hang on their own, thanks to aerial roots, crampons or suction cups: Virginia creeper, climbing hydrangea. The green ivy…
Others rely on a medium such as solanum, bougainvillea, star jasmine or jasmine officinalis.
Compact shrubs planted at the foot of the walls
In the foreground of the facade , directly at the foot of the wall or a little further, in a massif, it is possible to plant compact evergreen shrubs . The oleander with white winter flowers, the Mexican orange tree a little more chilly, the cotoneaster with bright berries, the germander with gray leaves, are in their place because their root system does not present any risk for the foundations of the house. .
Many other flowering shrubs and large shrubby perennials such as Garrigues spurge are other possible choices.
Take care of the decoration of the front door of the house
On the doorstep , sculptural plants have their place to highlight the front of the house . Ball-trimmed boxwoods or slender evergreen conifers are classics.
In recent years, the fashion has been for landscaping using exotic plants in front of the house : Fatsia Japonica, Yucca, Phormium, or even rustic palm trees such as the hemp palm give exotic airs to an entrance and revamp it in an original way .
8 detailed garden design ideas in front of the house
Not sure where to start your landscaping? These 8 illustrated and explained ideas will help you occupy your weekends with gardening activities .
The landscaping in front of this modern house showcases plants from elsewhere. Palm tree, bird of paradise, Yucca filamentosa, cordyline, swan’s neck agave are installed in front of a low hedge of evergreen Japanese spindle tree, forming a low wall.
On the ground, a mulch limits the upkeep and growth of unwanted weeds. Warning. Mild climate essential for these plants but all resist well to the lack of water, which makes it possible to obtain a sustainable garden for the years to come!
The landscaping in front of this old house in a small village in the South of France is quite simple. On the wall climbs a superb bougainvillea in pink colors. An old yucca hides the bottom of its bare bare trunk and 2 potted shrubs (Hydrangea macrophylla and Hydrangea) decorate the low wall in front of the window.
This is an interesting exterior design idea for a modern house entrance . It combines an autoclave-treated wood driveway, a mineral atmosphere with 3 types of colored gravel as a ground cover, and lined up Yuccas or red cordylines. Once planted, this garden is maintenance free . As they grow, the Yuccas will take on a beautiful sculptural appearance.
How to landscape your house , even an old one ? A very fine example of a landscaped garden is provided with this Alsatian building. In front of the house , a large clump of flowers with curved shapes mixes perennials, low and flowering with other taller ones with slender flower spikes. A few carefully pruned evergreen shrubs energize this scene.
In the background, carefully arranged rocks provide space for a rock garden. They also serve as a bench for 2 very beautiful human figures fashioned with wooden logs and flower pots.
This is another great example that shows us how to arrange the front of your house . At the front of this mansion in western France, the owners have relied on geometric shapes and the principle of symmetry . This garden thus takes up the codes of a French garden.
- 2 perpendicular paths in decorative gravel draw a cross and guide the gaze towards a large pot installed on a pedestal, offering the only flowery touch of this scene.
- Border boxwood perfectly trimmed in a low hedge and in a ball underline the landscape design.
- In front of the house, on either side of the front door, 2 evergreen shrubs grown in pots complete the symmetrical decor.
This photo brings us another idea of layout in front of the house interesting to reproduce. Cypresses from Provence are planted at the foot of the facade, between the windows. Their decorative role is twofold:
- Their dark green evergreen foliage contrasts with the light cut stone and the white woodwork of the windows.
- The slender silhouette of the cypresses gives an effect of volume and height.
No need to spend 100s and 1000s! The landscaping in front of this house is not expensive . In pots or recycling containers, we planted cuttings or plants gleaned from the plant swaps. For decorative objects, it is rather on the side of garage sales that you have to stock up!
In front of a house without a lawn , like this townhouse with a paved entrance, only potted plants and shrubs are available. Conifers are then very useful. With their evergreen foliage, they are green all year round and their pyramidal shape energizes the entrance. In terms of maintenance, you just have to remember to water regularly.