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Front Porch Landscaping Tips and Techniques

One of the first things many visitors and passersby will notice about your home is the front porch. A well-maintained front porch enhances the aesthetic appeal of the property and can help create a positive first impression.


Is your front porch boring? Follow these tips to give it a makeover worth admiring.

Choose a Style and Design

When choosing a style, consider neighboring garden styles and home architecture. Select a style that blends with the surroundings. You can choose a traditional or contemporary style and design. Just remember that the style and design of your garden will influence the look of your house and even home value.

Elevate Your Porch

If you have a small porch, consider elevating it with etching, special coloring, or stamping to make it look roomier and lend the front area a sophisticated look. An elevated porch will add depth to your landscape. Build a stairway leading to the entrance. You can plant seasonal plants and install lighting in the elevated area to bring more character to it.

Choose Plants Wisely

Adding plants to your front porch is a great way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the area and add character to it. Find out which plants are well suited to your particular area and climate. You can seek the help of a landscaper in Sonoma County or take a walk around your neighborhood, asking your neighbors which plants perform well in your climate zone. Many homeowners understandably prefer natives over non-natives. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions and do not require as much fertilizer and need less water than non-natives. Natives also help prevent soil erosion, reduce pollution, and provide food and shelter for local wildlife. Some of the best front porch landscaping plants include ornamental plants, thornless climbing plants, Lady Banks roses in different shades of white and yellow, vine plants, and classic climbing roses.

Best Plants for Fragrance

Want to welcome your guests with a fresh fragrance? Consider adding jasmine vines and gardenia shrubs to your front porch. Plant jasmine vines in an area that receives ample sunlight.

Install Railings

Railings in your porch serve two purposes – they can be used to get a grip when climbing the stairs and can make your front area feel more inviting and welcoming. Railings manufactured these days are versatile and come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors. Whatever the style of your garden, you will find the right railing for your porch. If you intend to install the railing in an area that receives ample sunlight, choose a durable and weather-resistant material. Whether you want to give your existing front porch a makeover or intend to build a new porch from scratch, Gardenworks can help. Our pros have the expertise required to manage residential and commercial landscaping projects. To talk to an expert, call (707) 857-2050.

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