5 steps to a beautiful front yard

Inventive ways to turn a bleak lawn and driveway into a lush, livable garden

5 steps to a beautiful front yard: Before

Photo by Steve A. Gunther

Front Yard: Before

This West Hollywood front yard went from dull to dazzling with this makeover by designer Katherine Spitz (katherinespitzassociates.com). The problem before was a boring lawn, with no privacy (West Hollywood bans any kind of fence taller than 42 inches that fully encloses a front yard).

5 steps to a beautiful front yard: Before

Photo by Steve A. Gunther

Front Yard: After

As a solution Spitz ditched the lawn and got creative with screening

5 steps to a beautiful front yard: Step 1: Put up some color panels

Photo by Steve A. Gunther

Step 1: Put up some color panels

Freestanding panels of thick, cranberry-hued glass (anchored in concrete) provide the illusion of privacy.

5 steps to a beautiful front yard: Step 2: Add vivid plants

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Step 2: Add vivid plants

Orange epidendrums and a photinia hedge with red new leaves flank the center panel. Dymondia, Mexican weeping bamboo, and Pittosporum crassi folium ‘Nana’ cool the heat.

5 steps to a beautiful front yard: Step 3: Build a pole “fence”

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Step 3: Build a pole “fence”

Lodgepole pine posts, their bases also anchored in concrete, are staggered to allow light through.

5 steps to a beautiful front yard: Step 4: Make the “firepit” multiuse

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Step 4: Make the “firepit” multiuse

A concrete water trough doubles as a reflecting pool and an ice bucket for chilling drinks during parties. Gas jets in its back rim feed flames.

5 steps to a beautiful front yard: Step 5: Add a sitting area

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Step 5: Add a sitting area

This one occupies the part of the driveway just outside the garage; cushions top the built-in bench, while redwood strips freshen the cinder-block wall behind.

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