Front yard help for new house !!!


Active Member
Sep 14, 2021
Hello, we are finishing up our new house and need some help with the front yard. Right now we had them just seed it with grass, but in the long-term we would like minimal grass and natives/wildlife landscaping (we're in the Southeast). I am wanting to develop a plan that we can add to over the next couple of years but am not sure where to start without it looking incomplete. I will try to post a few better pictures later. Thanks in advance!

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Notasha, I'm about 30 miles South of Atlanta, here's a few of my favorites that do well in this part of the country.
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At one time there were over 500 varities of these in my yard.


Sweet Shurbs are a native favorite (these came from my Grandfather's farm)
And no Southern yard is complete with a few Azales


Hope this gives you some ideas, Cheers, Ray


Forum Newbie
Dec 23, 2021
It would be best if you waited until boarding. At first, it is necessary to check the condition of the soil, its features, study the plan of the sewerage and electrical network. All this is very important when planting plants if you want to create a beautiful garden for many years. You can also ask your neighbors what blooms well in this region. From my experience, I can say, choose low shrubs with a calm root system. In the new house that we took on a mortgage after consulting with Mortgage Advisor Newcastle, we initially planted a few fir trees and then regretted it. Their needles are constantly crumbling; the root system pulls everything out of the soil.
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1 Lucky Texan

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Feb 26, 2013
I may have some general ideas - I do agree with the above, that checking out neighbor's landscaping, and particularly plant choice, can be very helpful. You will want to pay attention to where the sun is now as it plays across your property during the day, and what you may be doing to create shade in the future.

Research Crepe Myrtles, there are many varieties. Some are tall and be 'tree form' ,others are more large-bush like. Many colrs avaiable and some have near-black leaves! Some may have issues with powdery mildew but it often isn't serious. Liriope (spicata is shorter than muscari) and maybe Ajuga(in shadier spots) could be something to look at for 'lawn alternatives' . both could be considered hardy in most conditions, but that may mean they are too invasive for some plantings? is a site I like for researching plants, you might also like to check out .