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New Front Yard: Modern Landscape Design Plan

This summer we’re re-doing our front yard from a boring mess, with variations on green and tedium, to a cool, drought-tolerant, modern landscape design.

I decided what was most important to me in a new yard (native plants, bright colors, unusual look,) and then worked with a landscape designer to come up with a plan. When my designer, Jennifer, presented me with her design, I nearly passed out from the awesome…


Jennifer decided that my house, with its heavy mansard roof, needed a landscape that could anchor the home. She designed symmetrical, curving beds that are deep enough to keep the roof in check, while playing off the right angles of the house. We’ll be losing almost half the current lawn, and I could not be more OK with that decision. I was surprised that we wouldn’t have any flower beds at the front of the pathway, but that makes sense, it allows all the impact to rest in with the house. The flanks of our yard will have new, mirrored beds.

The plan allows you to see, approximately, what the colors will look like with the new plants and layout. And speaking of plants, here are several of the plants we’ll be using to create a truly beautiful yard.

From the top, left to right: Red hot poker, husker red penstemon, munstead lavender, blue fescue, orange california poppy, black lace elderberry, wine cups, black hens n chicks, blue flax.

What do you think?


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  1. The One True Sue 06/07/2012 at 9:09 am

    Gorgeous. Our yard in Highland had penstemon, lavendar, and red hot pokers and they grew really well (and really FAST – seriously they got HUGE) and were just gorgeous.

  2. BreAnne 06/04/2012 at 11:39 pm

    Freaking awesome! Can’t wait to see the final product…may require a trip to Utah County for an up close and personal tour.

  3. Jeifner 06/04/2012 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve always liked blue fescue. Those will look quite striking with poppies. Hens and chicks are also a favorite.

  4. Lucky Red Hen 06/04/2012 at 3:38 pm

    Hiring a professional is worth the money you’ll save not making mistakes (dying plants, wrong colors, temperamental, size challenges). When we built, the “landscaper” was NOT quality, he was inexpensive. After eight years of overgrowth, dying/non-thriving, improperly placed plants, we’re looking at a hefty investment in redoing it all. Yes, we have a landscape architect helping us map out our plan. I’m excited to see your finished yard!

  5. Rynell 06/04/2012 at 9:40 am

    It’s going to be awesome! Hens n chicks are one of my favorite. The entire layout rocks.

  6. Erica Fehrman 06/04/2012 at 8:40 am

    I love the palette! Lavender and poppies are awesome.

  7. amy 06/04/2012 at 7:06 am

    Oooh,ooh, Aaaah… Soooo excited for you! great plants too. If you need another tall, dark purple, try Salvia- loves full sun, drought tolerant and is a perennial.