Enjoy this free design for a large front yard
This Christmas, one of your gifts could be an update to your landscape!
I’m sharing this sketch I made for a friend with a one acre lot. Her and her husband wanted to landscape around the existing plants in the yard, and include a large circular gravel drive.
The focal point of the yard is the home’s entrance, so the plants should lead your eye toward the front door. A visitor approaches the home from the bottom left, so the drive leaves a nice opening to look through. Low bushes around the front porch area outline a space that can be personalized with favorite plants. Perhaps a woman would like some roses or the shade from the house may work well for a succulent garden.
To the left of the entry, a graveled path leads to a gate in the block wall. Next to the path is a grouping of three citrus trees. Their location by the wall allow irrigation lines from the back to send a spur through the wall to the citrus. This way the citrus can be watered on a more frequent schedule than the rest of the xeriscape. (My friends want to plant non-native pine trees in their back yard to shade the house. These would need to be watered on the same schedule with the citrus.)
The rest of the trees in the front yard are Mesquite. This provides a cohesive theme to unify the rest of the landscape. One Joshua tree provides a focal point near the driveway’s entrance, but it will be quite a few years before it is large enough for that role.
The island created by the driveway features prickly pear and barrel cacti, clusters of xeriscape bushes, and a few grasses. A dry riverbed winds through the island and reappears across the drive for interest.
Off to the right of the pictured area, a straight drive leads through a gate in the block wall to access the garage.
This landscape design could easily be adapted to a similar yard. Or you could use the principles I did to create your own.