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Front Yard Plants That Make It Look Professionally Landscaped

front yard plants that make it look professionally landscaped

Who doesn’t want a beautiful yard? It can be expensive to hire a professional landscaper and daunting to consider doing it yourself. Not to mention, there are so many plants to choose from. So, how do you know which front yard plants will make it look professionally landscaped? Let us help break it down for you!

 

Front Yard Plants That Make It Look Professionally Landscaped

Our Top Picks For Front Yard Plants

Baby Gem Boxwood

baby gem boxwood

Growing Zones 5-9

Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

This broadleaf evergreen stays beautiful year-round. It doesn’t bronze in winter like many other boxwood varieties. The Baby Gem Boxwood is disease, pest, and deer resistant and heat and drought tolerant. Plant this shrub in full sun or part shade. Boxwoods add upscale flare. This variety is naturally rounded so you won’t need to do much pruning to keep it shapely. We like this boxwood paired with the Green Mountain Boxwood or the Sky Pencil Holly for a great look. The height contrast looks very exciting and professional.


Bloomerang Dark Purple Reblooming Lilac

bloomerang dark purple lilac

Growing Zones 3-7

Mature Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide

This improved lilac is an outstanding plant. It adds rich color and fragrance to the home landscape. The Bloomerang Lilac blooms in spring and reblooms again in mid-summer through fall. This stunning landscape plant is disease and deer resistant. As a bonus, it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Pair this plant with the Gold Mop Cypress for awesome color and texture contrast. Check out the pink variety too: Bloomerang Pink Perfume Lilac.


Blue Rug Juniper

blue rug juniper

Growing Zones 4-9

Mature Size: 4 to 6 inches tall and 5 to 6 feet wide

This juniper is an amazing evergreen groundcover. It looks so beautiful in place of grass, especially when cascading over walls and down hills or slopes. Plant the Blue Rug Juniper in a rock garden with grasses and a Cryptomeria Globosa Nana or two. This tough plant is easy to grow and great for erosion control.


Cryptomeria Globosa Nana

cryptomeria globosa nana

Growing Zone 5-9

Mature Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide

This funky plant adds year-round color and texture to the front yard. Pair this pretty evergreen with Japanese Maples in a gorgeous zen garden or just stagger them throughout your landscape. Add a Black Dragon Cryptomeria and your landscape will be transformed into a masterpiece!


Endless Summer Hydrangea

endless summer hydrangea

Growing Zones 4-9

Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

This reblooming hydrangea can be blue, purple, or pink depending on your soil. The Endless Summer Hydrangea is disease resistant and hardy. With three seasons of blooms, this is one of the best hydrangeas available today. This plant looks phenomenal in most landscapes. It tends to look good with most plants. 


Firepower Nandina

 firepower nandina

Growing Zones 6-10

Mature Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide

We love this nandina for its compact size and shape, vivid color, and evergreen foliage. If you want loads of red in your fall landscape, pair this with the Burning Bush. For amazing height and color contrast pair the Firepower Nandina with the Fragrant Tea Olive.


Pink Muhly Grass

pink muhly grass

Growing Zones 6-9

Mature Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide

There is no grass quite like the majestic Pink Muhly Grass. The billowing pink plumes sway in the breeze in fall. This grass is as easy to grow as it is beautiful. Plant in mass for tons of color and texture. 

 

Front Yard Plants: Honorable Mentions

Double Knock Out Rose

double knock out roses

Growing Zones 5-10

With three seasons of red blooms it is hard to resist this knock out rose!


Drummond's Pink Creeping Phlox

Drummond's Pink Creeping Phlox

Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox

Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox

Growing Zones 3-9

Lovely groundcovers with prolific flowers and lots of color.


Shenandoah Switch Grass

Shenandoah Switch Grass

Growing Zones 4-9

No maintenance native grass that has upright red and green blades, and pink red plumes in fall.


Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

vanilla strawberry hydrangea

Growing Zones 4-9

Gorgeous panicle hydrangea with huge pink and white blooms.



Planting Pro Tips

It isn’t just your choice in plants that make your yard look professionally landscaped, it's also how you plant. 


  1. If you aren’t great at planting in even intervals, try measuring for accuracy. You can even use stakes and string to measure and plan out a clean and organized landscape. This works with staggering or straight lines. 
  2. Always, ALWAYS check the full size of your plants at maturity in order to give them plenty of space. An overcrowded landscape won't look professional.
  3. Draw a picture. It doesn’t have to be perfect or well drawn. You just want your idea to turn into a plan. This gives you a visual tool for design.
  4. Don’t just plant in straight lines. Plant in curves and stagger group plantings for a nice look that blends in more naturally than straight lines. 
  5. Layer for a naturalized look. If you want a landscape that looks more natural, layer with different plants that are different heights. 

Pick out a few of our recommended front yard plants and follow our tips for making your landscape look like it was professionally done, and you are sure to have a beautiful yard in no time. Happy planting! 

 

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