Best Flowers for a Front Yard

Many people want a splash of color in their front yard.  Of course, different climates allow for different flowers, and the position of your house will also contribute to what plants you can grow, such as if your house faces south or north.  Generally we want showy flowers for the front yard, ones that will make a statement and add curb appeal.

Flowers at the Devonian Botanical Gardens ©

Annuals have longer blooming periods, but need to be planted yearly. A good garden contains a mix of perennials and annuals.

-Perennials Flowers-

Black-eyed-Susans are bright cheery yellow flowers that do well in sun or part shade. Yellow is a very eye catching color, and these flowers are sure to get attention. Plant in large masses for best effects.

Daisies. White is a good color to add to a dark garden, but not so great against a white house. White gives your yard more appeal at night when street lights are illuminating the area. Daisies come in a variety of sizes so by using many different varieties a gardener can find the look they want.

Delphiniums add height and when in bloom, are spectacular. Delphiniums come in color ranges from pinks to blues, to near blacks. If you cut them back after their first bloom they will bloom again in areas with a longer growing season.

Ornamental Onions are brilliant to consider if you have a garden in the center of your yard (or away from your house). These plants have a tall stem with a large ball shaped cluster of flowers that are sure to get attention. The colors are white, pink, and purple. Plant among shorter white daisies for best effect.

Phlox is one of the longer blooming perennials. The taller varieties add good height to a front yard. The color ranges are white, to pink, to orange, to purple and red.


African Daisies add a splash of bright yellows and oranges, they thrive in full sun, and are tolerant of drought. This makes them a good plant if you want to go away for a few days and not come back to a front garden that looks dead.

Amaranthus (love lies bleeding) are show stopping draping flowers, sure to get noticed. The plants are tall and attractive, but they do reseed, so care must be taken to removing older flowers.

Cosmos come in many colors from white to yellow, pink to red. They are tall and very attractive in bunches.

Flowering Cabbage. This is a short plant that will add color to your yard into the fall. It might even attract deer.

Geraniums are staples of any garden. They do very well in pots or planted into the soil and will tolerate light shade. They are typically in the red shades with strong color and masses of blooms.  The smell is said to repel cats and insects.

Hollyhocks add height and have remarkable blossoms on tall spires. They can be bothered by pests on their leaves so are best kept planted behind something shorter.

Impatiens are a short growing but pretty flowering plant. These are one of the best solutions for adding color in a shadier location.

Marigolds are another a bright yellow, or orange, flower, sure to add cheer to your garden. They do especially well in near front porches because they repel mosquitoes.  Marigolds often reseed themselves.

Petunias are one of the most versatile annuals. They come in a huge range of colors and do extremely well in planters. They look brilliant in their trailing form from a hanging basket. They are short in height but are prolific bloomers.

Poppies are one of the most loved, yet simplest perennials. They add a touch of color and grow almost anywhere. They are excellent in rock gardens. The only thing is that poppies will reseed themselves so, unless your neighbor wants free plants, make sure you dead head the seed pods.

Sunflowers are sure to catch the eye of people walking by, especially when planted in large groups. For the front yard stay away from the towering varieties, and stick to those with a growth of no more than five feet, otherwise they may fall over as they do best next to a fence.

Sweet Peas. These are one of the most popular fragrant flowers, they are tall and require something to climb on, but when placed near a front entry, the smell is sure to get comments.

-Other Flowering Plants to Consider-

Flowering fruit trees are lovely to have in your front yard, but the fruit will tempt people to help themselves, if this bothers you, select a flowering crab apple. Make sure you remove the fallen apples or it may attract wasps.

Tulips and other bulbs add color early in the spring and are worth considering.

Irises and Lilies are nice additions to the front yard but because of the shorter blooming period need to be planted among a grouping of other plants or used in the back yard.  See below why cat owners may not want to plant lilies.

-Front Yard Garden Tips-

Limit the colors to no more than three in your front yard. This will create a more united look to your yard.  Consider white flowers for dark areas.

Select plant colors to match your flag if you want to create a patriotic look, red, white, and blue petunias are a great way to celebrate being an American, and on Canada Day be sure to set your red and white geraniums out in mass.

Deadhead any finished plants, you do not want seeds blowing onto your neighbors garden, nor do you want your front yard to look neglected.

Do not plant any poisonous flowering plants in your front yard, these include things like foxgloves. and Castor beans.

Experiment with any other plants known to do well in your area, if you see something you like in somebodies yard, do not be afraid to stop and ask them what it is, or if you can have a cutting, or seeds.

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Originally published April 24, 2009