By FrontDoor.com

Adding attractive flowers and plants to your front yard is an easy way to add value to your home. Effective landscaping takes planning; whether you hire a professional or do your own planting, it’s important to come up with a cohesive design that gives your home a polished, pulled-together look.
When planting perennials, choose strategically so that when one fades, another will bloom. This gives your lawn color and variety at various times throughout the spring and summer. Also, do your research before you raid your local garden center so you know how much sunshine and what type of soil your new plants need.
Splashes of bright-colored flowers can make an average front yard pop. If you’re on a budget or don’t have a green thumb, look for inexpensive, easy-to-maintain potted plants.
Shrubs and evergreens are a great way to add structure to your landscape. Use them to frame the outside of your home, to serve as a natural privacy fence or to outline walkways and plant groupings.
If you don’t already have trees on your property, consider planting them. They take a few years to grow, but once mature, they give a home an elegant look and add tremendous value.
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