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Photo Gallery: Flowers in my Front Yard Garden

Updated on January 7, 2014
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Kathy is an avid gardener who loves to grow perennials and vegetables in her zone 5 Ontario gardens.

Front Yard Garden

The lawn in our front yard has been completely replaced by an ever changing display of beautiful perennials, annuals and grasses.
The lawn in our front yard has been completely replaced by an ever changing display of beautiful perennials, annuals and grasses. | Source

No More Front Lawn

Several years ago, I convinced my husband that we should replace our front lawn with a front yard garden. It had been difficult to grow grass in our front yard for a number of reasons, including a lot of shade and competition with tree roots. We were constantly having to reseed and water the lawn to fill in bare patches, and the results were not worth the effort. I knew there had to be a better way.


Cosmos

Cosmos are annual flowers that make a beautiful addition to any garden.
Cosmos are annual flowers that make a beautiful addition to any garden. | Source
Bees love Cosmos flowers!
Bees love Cosmos flowers! | Source

Replacing the lawn with plants and flowers

In the spring of 2008, my husband and I set out to create our front yard garden. He did most of the work of digging up the sod and building a couple of paths as well as a raised bed near our porch, supported with a rock wall. We added a couple of yards of soil and I got to work planting a variety of hostas, perennials, groundcovers and some annuals.

Our front yard garden has continued to develop over the years, and we have received many compliments from neighbours - something that never happened when we had our grass! I find working in the garden to be very therapeutic and relaxing, and it is immensely satisfying to see the results of my labour. I have been fortunate to have been given many plants from friends and relatives who garden, and I always keep my eye out for new additions when the local garden centres have end-of-season sales.

The perennials and groundcovers continue to fill in more each year, and I enjoy the ever changing display from spring until fall. Some of my favourite flowers include: cosmos, daisies, daylilies, echinacea, liatris and hydrangea.

Daylilies

Daylily from my front yard garden
Daylily from my front yard garden | Source
Daylilies are a great addition to any perennial garden.
Daylilies are a great addition to any perennial garden. | Source
Daylily from my garden
Daylily from my garden | Source
Daylily in my garden
Daylily in my garden | Source
These orange daylilies spread nicely to fill in any bare spots in your garden.
These orange daylilies spread nicely to fill in any bare spots in your garden. | Source

Blazing Star / Liatris

Blazing Star / Liatris (perennial).
Blazing Star / Liatris (perennial). | Source

Daisies

Shasta Daisy (perennial).
Shasta Daisy (perennial). | Source
African Daisy / Osteospermum (annual).
African Daisy / Osteospermum (annual). | Source
Yellow African Daisy / Osteospermum (annual).
Yellow African Daisy / Osteospermum (annual). | Source
Blue Eyed Daisy / Osteospermum (annual)
Blue Eyed Daisy / Osteospermum (annual) | Source

No Lawn, No Regrets

I have not once regretted our decision to remove all of the grass from our front yard and replace it with a garden. I would much rather spend my time pulling a few weeds and planting some annuals to fill in the bare spots than fighting a losing battle to try to maintain a lush, healthy lawn. Watching the changing display of flowers out our front window brings me a joy that a green lawn never could. I highly recommend it!

Lilies

White and Yellow Asiatic Lily
White and Yellow Asiatic Lily | Source

Coneflowers / Echinacea

Purple Coneflower / Echinacea (perennial)
Purple Coneflower / Echinacea (perennial) | Source
Pink Echinacea (perennial)
Pink Echinacea (perennial) | Source
Echinacea and Hydrangea flowers
Echinacea and Hydrangea flowers | Source

Flowers in my Front Yard Garden

Flower
Type
Sun Preference
Cosmos
Annual
Full Sun or Partial Sun
Daylilies
Perennial
Full Sun to Partial Sun
Liatris
Perennial
Full Sun
Echinacea
Perennial
Full Sun
Shasta Daisies
Perennial
Full Sun to Partial Sun
Osteospermum
Annual
Full Sun
Asiatic Lilies
Perennial
Full Sun
Hydrangea
Perennial
Partial Shade

Hydrangea

Annabelle Hydrangea (perennial).
Annabelle Hydrangea (perennial). | Source
Hydrangea (perennial)
Hydrangea (perennial) | Source

This book was a big help in planning my front yard garden:

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