Aside from walking to the mailbox and shoveling snow, the front yard does not typically see a lot of action. Why should the backyard have all the fun? Usually, the only time you see people in their front of their house is if they have a porch swing. Those folks have the right idea! Sure, your backyard is great when you want privacy or you have several guests over, but why not make this the year you finally do something with the valuable real estate you are paying for in front of the house? Plus, when the kids are out back playing, you can escape to your retreat in the front with a good book on your tablet and a glass of wine.

Have a Plan

If you are really going to create a space you will use, you need to have a plan. Do you want privacy on your porch, but still want to see out? Keep the shrubs low, but add potted and hanging plants, so you get lost in the greenery when others look in your direction. Do you want a patio vibe? Determine where the ground is most level so you can lay pavers. Are you picturing an English garden? Create a blueprint before you start planting.

Charente Garden Water Fountain

Charente Garden Water Fountain
Dimensions: 52"H x 29.5"W

Tiered Water Fountain for Outdoors

Since you are in the front yard, you will be more affected by traffic and other neighborhood noises. Not to mention, you may be surprised at how far your voice carries, if you are talking outside in the evening. Tiered water fountains for outdoors are the perfect solution. The sound of the cascading water will act as a sound barrier. As a bonus, it will definitely turn heads of those passing by. This is the easiest way to create a focal point with something heavy enough that it won't grow legs in the middle of the night.

Quattro Classic Tier Fountain

Quattro Classic Tier Fountain
Dimensions: 54"H x 44"D

Connect with Accessories

Chair cushions, outdoor rugs, decorative pillows, and planters can all be used to bring out the colors in your plants or create a theme. If you have a lot of wildflowers then maybe you want pillows with butterflies or hummingbirds on them. Are you creating a Zen vibe? A bamboo wind chime and eco-friendly furniture will help set the tone.

Viterbo Two Tier Outdoor Water Fountain

Viterbo Two Tier Outdoor Water Fountain
Dimensions: 51" H x 39"

Create a Strong Entry Way

If people are going to have to walk through your retreat to get to the front door, allow the landscaping to lead them to a dramatic entry that draws them in. A welcoming chalkboard easel, overflowing plants, and a witty doormat can help. It might be time to paint that door, too.