Low-Maintenance Shrubs and Landscaping Ideas to Brighten Your Front Yard

First impressions are important, so a stylish front yard brimming with gorgeous plants can transform what visitors think of your home.

Terry Smithson, biodiversity manager and ecologist at the consultancy BioScapes, believes it is "important to utilize plants and encourage wildlife to thrive in our open spaces."

He told Newsweek: "We feel stimulated and refreshed when we connect with nature."

When deciding how to turn your yard into a plant paradise, there are options to suit every style and size—and budget. Read on for five low-maintenance shrubs and landscaping ideas to make your front garden stand out.

1. Roses

A low-maintenance garden can transform the look of your home. Jurgute/Getty Images

A spokesperson for plant food manufacturer Phostrogen suggests carefully selected shrubs such as roses "can help create a charming and warm welcome to your home." There are several low-maintenance varieties that can provide privacy as well as a beautiful display.

The spokesperson said: "There are lots of different color combinations to choose from, from classic pink or red to cheerful yellow and orange. They also provide a delightful scent to greet any guests as they arrive.

"Plant rose bushes along your borders in groups of three or more to form a dense shrub for added privacy—or pot rose trees in containers and frame your front door for a quaint look.

"Roses require minimal maintenance, but they do need a good feed, so ensure you use a specialist fertilizer when you water them." Options include Phostrogen's Toprose, which "contains iron and magnesium to guard against nutrient deficiency and prevent leaf drop."

2. Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle smells amazing and is a food source for bees. Multiart/Getty Images

There are many varieties of honeysuckle available, according to Smithson, so "you can choose shrubby, climbing, evergreen or variegated honeysuckle for your garden or patio."

He added: "Our favorite is Lonicera periclymenum, which can be grown in a pot or directly in the ground and either intertwined through a trellis or trained along walls, fences or a pagoda.

"Clusters of cream to orange trumpet-like flowers produce a wonderful scent and provide a valuable food source for bumblebees, moths and other pollinators."

3. Azaleas and hydrangeas

Azaleas provide bold colors and long-lasting blooms. krblokhin/Getty Images

For a display of "long-lasting blooms in bright colors," Phostrogen suggests azaleas and hydrangeas.

The spokesperson said: "Line borders that sit in dappled sunlight with a variety of colors for full effect. Just make sure that they don't have too much sunlight to scorch, or too little sunlight to prevent flowering."

These are ericaceous plants, which means they "prefer acidic soil with a pH of below six." A specialist fertilizer can provide "much-needed extra iron and the perfect soil conditions to thrive."

4. Ivy

A wall-climbing plant can brighten up a
Ivy and other wall-climbing plants can brighten up a dark corner and even hide an eyesore. Assja/Getty Images

Ivy is extremely versatile, according to Smithson, "able to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and happy in either shaded or sunny positions.

"With self-attaching stems, it can be grown up walls or fences and is great for livening up a dark corner or hiding an eyesore."

Your local wildlife will like it too, as it can provide "shelter and nesting for many species and, if left to mature, will provide a valuable autumn nectar source for bees and hoverflies and a winter berry supply for birds."

5. Artificial Plants

Artificial Plants
Faux foliage requires no gardening skills at all. dowsingandreynolds

Interior designer Sanel Konyar thinks you should never discount artificial plants when considering how to brighten up your home or garden.

Konyar, who runs web shop Interior Kollection, told Newsweek: "Not everyone has the commitment or even the natural daylight to accommodate live plants. Purchasing artificial plants may be an investment initially, but their lifespan is eternal, maintenance is minimal, and their impact on a room can be magnificent."