It can be difficult to find landscaping ideas for small front yards. Small spaces have a variety of different creative challenges that require some innovative approaches to overcome. Check out these top landscaping ideas to inspire a beautiful and pleasing small front yard.

1. Garden Beds

Sectioned garden beds are not ideal for small spaces and will limit your creative ability even further. It is therefore best to treat the entire space as if it were one big garden bed and plant blooming bushes and shrubs abundantly. Blooms should optimally be planted in rows and act as a border to the front yard.

Hydrangeas, roses and rhododendron are ideal for this purpose and will add plenty of colour to the small space. Remember that a small front yard does not necessarily mean that small plants are the best solution and medium height blooms are preferable. However, make sure that you space your shrubs and bushes optimally to allow for growth and that they are regularly pruned or cutback so as not to over run the little garden.

2. A Garden Path

Use stepping stones, wooden beams or bricks to lay a garden path. The pathway doesn’t have to be in a straight line from the street to your doorway and can meander through the small space. Place mulch like wood chips or even pebbles between the steps to create a border for the path. Wood chips will compliment brick or concrete stepping stones while pebbles will compliment wood beams.

3. Ground Cover

Lawn is the ideal cover for larger spaces but there are many more viable options available for smaller spaces. Fine grass to create a small area of lawn is better suited for a small space. Moss and other types of ground covering plants can be used as an alternative to grass. These are ideally placed as a border along the pathway, the end of the front yard or the walls of your home.

For really teeny tiny garden spaces, ground cover options can coat the entire garden area surrounding the plants, shrubs, bushes and blooms. Some types of ground cover are also great for placing between stepping stones. For example, velvety moss will give the garden a quaint and antiquated charm. Mulch, pebbles or stones or other type of non-living ground cover are also great landscaping ideas for small front yard.

4. Trees

A small front yard does not need to be devoid of trees. Trees add height and shade to a garden. The greatest benefit of trees in a small space is that they have a small base that allows for other plants and flowers to be planted around the trunk. However, the size of the tree is very important and of course smaller trees are more suitable for smaller spaces.

Just one or two small trees are optimal. If two are selected, they should be planted far apart and provide a balancing feature to the garden. Also keep in mind the shade factor. Don’t plant the trees to close to the home or choose trees that have luscious foliage as this could result in a dark and dingy house and garden.

Remember to take into account growth. Smaller trees that have a limited growth or grow slowly are ideal. It will still be necessary to trim the branches and leaves regularly to maintain the size and prevent the trees from growing too large.

5. A Picket Fence

A small white picket fence is the ideal way to provide a border to the front yard or even certain areas within the garden. It also provides a structure for the blooms to hang over and creeping plants to grow along. The fence should be short in height and can also be used to provide a border to a pathway.

6. Grouping

Planting shrubs and bushes in groups on each side of a stairway or entry to the front yard or garden path is a great approach to adding colour and height to your garden. Grouping is achieved by planting the shrubs or bushes close together so that they create one shape consisting of different levels.

In other word, shorter bushes should be planted in front of larger bushes for a three dimensional shape that provides different colours and textures. This is good way to introduce multiple plants into a small area without taking up too much space.

7. Urban Square

Providing structure in the form of a square in a small space is one of the oldest and enduring trends in gardening. This idea does take some planning and it is recommended to consider different species of plants that grow at different heights as well as other artificial elements that can be integrated into the square.

Height is the main factor that needs to be considered in a square. The square can either decrease in size from one side of the garden to the other (from the house to the street or from left to right, etc.) or can decrease or increase from the centre outwards/ border inwards. Two smaller equal squares can be created on each side of a straight pathway.

Maintaining an urban square can be challenging as the structure must be preserved in order for the garden to continue looking clean and ordered. The urban square is not ideal for every home and better suited to city living where more artificial elements with touches of green and colour will compliment the environment.

It takes just a little inspiration to come up with great landscaping ideas for small front yard.