Help your home make its best first impression with these glorious design ideas
1 Plant a minimalist garden
This Palo Alto, CA front yard was designed be a point of interest for anyone passing by. Landscape designer Chris Jacobson (gardenartgroup.com) kept mostly to a green palette to create tranquility and year-round good looks. Clumping Berkeley sedge dots the yard, while spiraled Aloe polyphylla and asparagus ferns line the drive. Japanese maples and dogwoods provide softness, shade, and color. Jacobson placed an arbor supported by concrete columns seven feet from the house, creating a courtyard. The planting beds, mulched with tumbled glass in shades of blue and green and buff-colored decomposed granite, add texture while keeping the palette serene.