When laying out foundation plants, on the street or road side of your front sidewalk, think about leaving a space in the planting bed and do it in grass instead. By doing it that way, you have two different walkways out front; one from the front door to the driveway and garage on the paved surface, the other walkway is on the grass which leads and opens up onto your front lawn. Think about your front lawn as a green space, or even an outdoor room on your property.
Now look at illustration 1; it shows how the grassy entry was created by lining up the edges of the planting border with the front steps.
Illustration 2 shows how the opening is created using the width of the landing in front of the house. Notice how the natural lines in both illustration 1 and 2, created by the edges of the porch or landing extend out onto the lawn to create the edges of the bush planting beds. The red arrows will help you to see how the movement goes across the spaces.
If you find this concept interesting, start by laying garden hoses on both sides of your porch or landing, and extend them out onto your front lawn. By doing this you will be able to instantaneously see how the natural lines go out onto your front lawn. You can move the hoses a little bit this way or that until you create the exact width and shape of the opening you are thinking about making. Once you have finalized a shape using your hoses, take a straight spade or hand garden edger and start cutting along the hoses using them as your guide.
If this is the first time you are putting foundation plants in front of your house, or redoing old borders, the laying out of hoses on both sides of your front door will help you see the shape and how big / deep you want your foundation planting beds to be. Using hoses as your guide, you can easily see if you want a narrow planting space for one row of bushes, or a wide space where you can plant two or more rows of different bushes and even some annuals or perennials if you like.
For more information about planting foundation plants across the front of your house read my two other posts ..Foundation Planting, Laying out Foundation Plants in Front of your Home 9-28-2013, Distance Foundation Plants from your House when Planting 5-3-2012
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