Non Plant Landscaping Ideas. The fence and bench are made of redwood. Choose non-living ground covers for texture, color and visual appeal..
Plants are less likely to ignite if they have moist, supple leaves and a low amount of sap, resin, oil, or wax.. From David Morello on 'Houzz', this is a great example of an easy lawn alternative. Durable bluegrass is planted on the flat areas of the lawn, and recycled brick is used for a small patio.
Lawn alternatives don't have to be limited to plants.
Soil is the foundation of a healthy garden.
Podocarpus (plum pines) were planted to provide greenery and enhance privacy. No matter what front yard landscaping idea you favor, pick plants that are appropriate for your climate and for the specific conditions in your yard and with a little know-how, you can create a front. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.