First impressions are important, so a stylish front yard filled with gorgeous plants can change the way visitors think about your home.
Terry Smithson, biodiversity manager and ecologist at consulting company Bioscapes, believes it’s important to “use plants and encourage wildlife to thrive in our open spaces.”
They told newsweek: “We feel stimulated and refreshed when we connect with nature.”
When deciding how to turn your yard into a plant paradise, there are options to suit every style and size—and budget. Read on for five low-maintenance shrubs and landscaping ideas to make your front garden stand out.
A spokesperson for plant food manufacturer Fostrogen suggests that carefully chosen shrubs such as roses “can help create an attractive and warm welcome to your home.” There are many low-maintenance varieties that can provide privacy as well as a beautiful display.
The spokesperson said: “There are so many different color combinations to choose from, from the classic pink or red to the cheerful yellow and orange. They provide a pleasant scent to welcome any guest they visit.
“Plant rose bushes along your borders in groups of three or more to form a dense shrubbery for added privacy—or pot rose trees in containers and frame your front door for a quirky look.” Do it.
“Roses require minimal maintenance, but they do require a good feed, so make sure you use a specialist fertilizer when you water them.” Alternatives include Topros, a forestrogen, which “contains iron and magnesium to prevent nutrient deficiencies and prevent leaf drop.”
According to Smithson, there are many varieties of honeysuckle available, so “you can choose shrubby, climbing, evergreen or a variety of honeysuckle for your garden or patio.”
He adds: “Our favorite is Lonicera periclymenum, which can be grown in a pot or directly into the ground and trained either through a mesh or along walls, fences or a pagoda.
“The trumpet-like clusters of cream to orange flowers produce a wonderful aroma and provide a valuable food source for bumblebees, moths and other pollinators.”
3. Oregano and Hydrangeas
For a display of “long-lasting blooms in bright colors,” Fostrogen suggests azaleas and hydrangeas.
The spokesperson said: “Line borders that sit in the scorching sun with a variety of colors for the full effect. Just make sure they don’t have too much sunlight to scorch, or too little sunlight to prevent flowering. “
These are ericaceous plants, which means they “prefer acidic soil with a pH below six.” A specialist fertilizer can provide “the much-needed extra iron and the right soil conditions to thrive.”
According to Smithson, ivy is extremely versatile, “able to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and is happy in shaded or sunny positions.
“With self-attached stems, it can be grown from walls or fences and is great for living in a dark corner or hiding prying eyes.”
Your local wildlife will love it too, as it can “provide shelter and nesting for many species and, if left to mature, a valuable autumn nectar source for bees and hoverflies and for birds.” Will provide a winter berry supply.”
5. Artificial Plants
Interior designer Sanel Konyar thinks you should never discount artificial plants when considering how to light up your home or garden.
Konyar, who runs the web shop interior collection, told newsweek: “Not everyone has the commitment to accommodate live plants or even natural daylight. Buying artificial plants can be an investment initially, but they have a perpetual lifespan, minimal maintenance, and a room But their impact can be great.”