DIY How to Add Show Stopping Curb Appeal with Landscaping to the Front of a Farmhouse

Sharing all the details of how we added show stopping curb appeal with landscaping to the front yard of our farmhouse with before & after pictures & many DIY landscaping ideas on a budget! #landscaping #curbappeal #farmhouse https://lehmanlane.net

Sharing all the details of how we added show stopping curb appeal with landscaping to the front yard of our farmhouse with before & after pictures & many DIY landscaping ideas on a budget!

How to Add Curb Appeal with Landscaping

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Sharing all the details of how we added show stopping curb appeal with landscaping to the front yard of our farmhouse with before & after pictures & many DIY landscaping ideas on a budget! #curbappeal #landscapingideas #farmhousecurbappeal https://lehmanlane.net

Farmhouse Curb Appeal Before with Landscaping that Hid the Front Door

Here’s how our farmhouse curb appeal landscaping looked just last week. 

We had some pretty plants & shrubs already but the biggest problem with the curb appeal of the landscaping was that our front door was hidden. 

I loved the backdrop of the evergreen boxwood shrubs we had in the front of our farmhouse but I really didn’t like that they blocked the view of the front door. 

We later moved the boxwood shrubs against our farmhouse below.

Curb appeal hop - landscaping before

It is pretty impossible to have great curb appeal with landscaping if you can’t see the front door!

The other main problem we saw with the front of our farmhouse’s curb appeal was that there was a lot of stone and tan siding making the house look very long and rigid or stiff. 

Adding Landscaping to Improve Curb Appeal

One way to break up all those hard materials was to add some greenery.

Planting a Tree for Year Round Interest, Shade & to Break up the Flat Front of our Farmhouse Siding

The first thing we did after digging a few plants out was add a tree, a Hawthorn tree.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

Adding a tree was also a great way to add more shade to the front of our house.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

I chose a Winter King Hawthorn tree because it has year round interest.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

Beautiful grey bark, white flowers in the late spring and red berries in the fall and winter.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

Planting Hydrangeas for Color under the Tree

I transplanted 6 small hydrangeas from around the yard to go under the Hawthorn tree. 

Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite shrub and I wanted to mimic the hydrangeas on the other side of the front walkway.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

They haven’t started blooming just yet but they should sometime in the next few weeks.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

Planting Evergreens as Foundation Plants to Soften & Ground the Curb Appeal with Landscaping

We added 6 dwarf Buford hollies in the front of the garden bed to add some evergreen color to the front. 

We also added more evergreens against our farmhouse (see below) such as boxwood, wax leaf privet, rhododendron & Camellia.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

I really like the shiny glossy look of the their leaves and they also have pretty white flowers as well as red berries so they compliment the house and the tree we chose very well.

Planting Hostas to Fill in Empty Shady Spots to the Curb Appeal Landscaping

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

We transplanted some hostas from around the yard to fill in the blank spaces in the front. 

Hostas are hardy plants that transplant well & worth the reward of more green color through the spring, summer and fall.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

We dug out and moved the boxwoods closer to the house under the kitchen windows where there was plenty of room for them to grow and they would add some green color year round. 

Annabelle Hydrangeas are Great for Farmhouse Curb Appeal Landscaping

I also dug out the 2 Annabelle hydrangeas from the front bed and moved them in place of barberry bushes against the house.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

I wanted to place the hydrangeas under the windows so I could appreciate their blooms from inside as well as outside.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

This type of hydrangea also tends to get a little droopy in the hot sun so I think moving it closer to the house were it will get more shade and water from the downspouts will make it a little happier.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

We added 2 more evergreens against the house a waxleaf privet, and an Autumn Moon Camellia in between the windows at the front of the house to continue to break up the siding. 

At 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide these shrubs should fill in the blank spaces perfectly. 

They look so pretty next to a rhododendron that was here when we moved in.  It has such pretty pink blooms.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

Save Money with Transplanting & Reusing Landscaping to Improve Your Curb Appeal

In order to change out the curb appeal landscaping to the front of our farmhouse it took a little longer than I had hoped but we found spots for almost everything we dug out which made me happy. 

Reusing & transplanting shrubs and perennials we already had helped us save a lot of money because with the exception of a tree & a few evergreen shrubs everything else was free. 

Yay for free plants! 

We topped the new landscaping off with some new mulch to hide the dirt and keep down the weeds. 

Next week we hope to tackle hiding the ugly concrete/ stucco wall that digging out the bushes exposed. (see that HERE)

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

Planters Flanking the Walkway to Improve Curb Curb Appeal with Landscaping

Lastly I moved our 2 cedar flower planters (see the DIY HERE) down to the driveway, flanking the front entry stairs. 

I planted 2 red rose bushes in the planters to add more color and interest to the driveway & stairs.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

They also smell pretty good too!

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

We aren’t done yet adding curb appeal to the front of our farmhouse but here’s what we have done so far!

Farmhouse Curb Appeal – see the Full Reveal (HERE)

  • dig out and move the shrubs that are in bad spots in the front and place in better locations in the yard
  • add a tree, some evergreens and other small perennials to the front
  • hide the ugly short wall in the front (DIY Lattice HERE)
  • add more comfortable seating to the front porch (HERE)
  • paint the entryway bench (HERE)
  • change out the front light to one that isn’t as bird friendly and has more of a farmhouse feel (HERE)
  • add more potted plants and porch decor
  • time permitting extend the front entrance by adding a pergola (HERE)

I hope this inspires you with ideas of how to improve curb appeal with landscaping to the front of your home!

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

    1. Thanks so much Amy!!! My arms are still sore from all the digging and planting and mulching we did but it was definitely worth it :).

  1. Your landscaping is looking beautiful Tara! And will even more so once all the greenery fills in! Looking forward to next week’s update! xo

  2. That tree is a great addition! I love all of the flowers and shrubs you added. I also worked on the flowers for this week. It makes such a big difference!

  3. I love hydrangeas, hostas too. Wow you did a lot of work but I agree with you that a clear sight line to the front door is a must. I love all your plants. It will look so nice in a few weeks when it all takes off! I look forward to seeing next week.
    Have a great week
    Jenny

  4. Love it Tara, seeing the front door just opens up the entire space. I have such a black thumb, I may need to call you over to help me out with my landscaping. haha

  5. Wow its looks like you have been working a ton outside! The Camelias are beautiful, everything looks like a estate like setting! Can’t wait to see the progress each week,
    Maria

  6. What a great idea to place the hydrangeas under the windows! That will def. make it pretty in and out. I love hostas and I agree they are so easy to transplant! It is really looking good, amazing progress!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  7. You have worked SO hard on your yard Tara and it’s paying off bigtime! Looks gorgeous!! xo

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