Small front yard landscaping follows many of the same rules and ideas as landscaping in a large yard: cleanliness, simplicity, and ideal utilization of space. With a small front yard, however, space constraints will prevent the homeowner from doing many of the landscaping techniques possible in a large yard. Depending on just how small the yard is, landscaping may involve only a few plants in a planting box, or it may involve something a bit more elaborate like rock landscaping, a small garden, or even a bench for sitting. When undertaking small front yard landscaping, it is important to remember that doing too much can make the yard seem even smaller than it actually is.
One idea for small front yard landscaping is to extend the home's living area by creating a patio space. Brick or stone pavers can be put in place to create a small but livable space that can also be lined with small plants and flowers. When bordered by a picket fence or other style of fence that fits the home's aesthetic, such a patio can provide a comfortable sitting area for guests. A small bench along with a small table can provide a comfortable space in which to relax after a day at work.
If the homeowner's intent with small front yard landscaping is to make a functional space in the yard, he or she might consider planting a small herb garden. Such gardens are usually quite easy to start; digging up the soil and adding fertilizers will provide lush ground for the plants to thrive. Since most herb plants are quite small, several varieties can be grown in a small amount of space. Some herbs can even be grown in a planter box that can be hung from a window or porch railing.
One might consider providing a focal point in one corner of the yard, such as a medium sized tree, bird bath, or other small yard decoration. This draws the eyes of visitors to the farthest corner of the yard, making the yard itself seem slightly larger than it actually is. A tree that stands taller than any fencing or other features of the yard do well to garner attention; a small pathway leading to the focal point will also enhance the aesthetic of the yard and make it feel slightly larger. One might try to use stones that are lying around the yard, or at least found locally.