Want to know how to make your house look better? Boost your home value & impress the street with 5 easy curb appeal landscaping hacks. No renovation required! 

Whether you go all-in on gardening or just keep the yard looking neat and tidy, having a well-maintained property will not only make you feel good, but will also keep your neighbors happy too.

Curb appeal landscaping includes things like planting flowers, shrubs, trees, and other greenery around your home. It also includes making sure that your lawn is well maintained, and that any outdoor furniture matches your style.

But what if your budget is a bit smaller this year? Here are 5 budget front yard landscaping ideas.

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Curb Appeal Landscaping: How to Make Your House Look Better That Will Boost Its Value

If you are looking for ways to make your home look more visually appealing, there are a few ways to do it.

All of these are great ideas, but let’s face it, some of them can be pretty time-consuming and a bit pricey! So if you are looking for more budget-friendly ways to add more curb appeal to your home, read on!

1850 farmhouse with front porch and spring flowers including ajuga, ranunculas, with hostas and buckeye tree.
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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

When you don’t have the time or fiscal resources to do the bigger jobs, there are smaller tasks that can be done to spruce up your home. Here are some front yard ideas on a budget that you can do to spruce up your home’s exterior.

Must-Do Curb Appeal Landscaping: Keep Up With the Lawn

I can’t stress enough how important it is to maintain your lawn and surrounding gardens. A little bit of maintenance goes a long way! Not to mention, it’s one of the easiest cheap front yard landscaping ideas you can do.

This goes without saying, but having a fresh green, healthy lawn is so important to achieving curb appeal. Keep the lawn freshly mowed so it fosters good health and maintains a well-manicured appearance.

Should you do it yourself or hire the job out to an expert? Mowing the lawn can be very timing consuming depending on the amount of property you have.

Consider the amount of time you have on weekends to DIY, purchase a mower that runs itself, or hire a lawn care service to keep the lawn maintained. Either way, it has to be done.

If you have a lot of garden borders like me, it is really important to keep clean edges on them to keep them from looking unruly.

Grass and weeds tend to creep in so edging at least once early on in the season will keep gardens looking crisp and tidy. The neater they are kept, the plants in those borders will stand out, and the cleaner the beds will look.

While you can keep an edge clean and tidy with plastic edging, consider adding edged borders with hardscaping such as stone, bricks, and pavers. But at a minimum, use a garden edging tool like this to keep grass out of your garden beds while keeping borders looking tidy.

front porch gardens with walkway and container garden

Keep Up With the Weeding

It might not be everyone’s favorite garden chore, but weeding the beds cleans the gardens and prevents new weeds from starting. It also helps existing plants stay healthy and look more prominent in the borders.

When beds are tidy, the yard looks more welcoming and attractive. And the more often you pull weeds, the easier the job is. I try to pull them as I see them everyday.

To cut down on my weeding chores, I have lots of plants that have naturally grown together in my cottage gardens. Having lots of plants and flowers in tight quarters has helped cut down on my weeding chores a bit.

close up of shade garden with red and pink azaleas, acer palmatum and hellebores lenten rose
happy gardening in the backyard garden

Front of House Curb Appeal: Add Foundation Plantings

To me, nothing says “welcome to my home” more than happy plants and flowers. Foundation plantings add warmth and character to the entrance of the home but can sometimes get a bit unruly when left untamed.

Prune ornamental shrubs and woody plants to maintain overall size and manicure the look of foundation plantings.

Keep them from blocking windows and doors. Not sure how or when to prune? Follow these pruning tips.

If you have the resources, adding foundation plants accessorize the front exterior and make the home feel warm and cozy. Tuck in some mid-size deciduous shrubs and evergreens for interest.

Spring Garden Flowers

Simple Curb Appeal Landscaping Ideas: Tuck in Some Seasonal Flowers

In addition to foundation plantings, if you want front porch curb appeal consider adding some plants and flowers to add seasonal color. Not much is needed to make a front porch feel welcoming. Two simple containers with plants or flowers flanking the front door can make the perfect entrance.

Since I am a huge plant and flower addict, my property is covered with gardens and blooms. Having more flowers on the property makes me feel happy, greets visitors with a smile, and adds value to the home.

While you don’t have to have extensive gardens like me to have the best curb appeal, the more you do, the more value you add to the home. Plants and flowers create a warm and inviting vibe and also attract more pollinators like hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. (Learn about whether to plant perennials vs. annuals here).

But you don’t need a lot of garden space to add a bunch of plants and flowers. If you lack garden space or just want a few planters flanking the front door to spruce things up, choose a container for gardening that will fit your needs and decorating style.

You can even get a little creative using things you may already have or thrifting around to use as a planter to add more character and interest. Like I did with this vintage baby carriage that I found at the thrift store.(Learn how to design and care for a container garden here).

front porch garden close up with hosta and container garden of pansies in resin pot

Add Ambiance With Cozy Lighting

Lighting adds lots of curb appeal and ambiance to the property at night. Consider adding lights flanking the front door and along walkways to make those areas more visible in the dark. And it doesn’t have to cost alot to add some pretty accent lighting.

I started adding several types of solar lights around the property. They look really pretty, don’t use any electricity, and light up the night all year round. These solar string lights have lasted years too! I originally put them up in my former garden and moved them to the potager garden here and they still look amazing to this day.

Do you have any yet?

Solar lights are made so much better than they used to be! The ones I purchased go on as soon as it gets dark and stay on all night. I love them! I get so many compliments on these and have them sprinkled around my yard on these.

And finally, it’s important to add some decorative touches to individualize your home while making it feel warm and cozy.

Lilac flowers by the Fire Pit Garden at night lit with solar lanters and surrounded by hostas and twinkle lights
My former backyard garden fire pit
potager garden decorated for a fall dinner party at night
The potager garden in fall

Front Yard Decor: Adding Charm

Transform your home’s first impression from “meh” to “magnificent” with a touch of outdoor charm! Strategic touches like a seasonal wreath on your door, a whimsical birdhouse nestled in the trees, or a gentle trickling fountain instantly add personality and visual interest. These seemingly simple additions act as magnets for potential buyers, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that whispers, “Welcome home!”

Studies have shown that homes with well-maintained landscaping and tasteful outdoor decor can fetch up to 6% more on the market. It’s all about creating an emotional connection with viewers, and these little details do just that. They speak volumes about your care and pride in your home, hinting at the beauty and comfort that awaits inside.

Let your porch swing whisper secrets to the wind, let your birdbath become a stage for feathered ballerinas, and let your cascading fountain serenade passersby. Remember, small investments in curb appeal can reap big rewards, not just in dollars and cents, but also in the joy of coming home to a space that reflects your unique personality and beckons you to step inside.

gomphrena rudbeckia and sedum autumn joy by front porch in fall
One of my favorite plant combinations for summer to fall: rudbeckia, sedum autumn joy and gomphrena

But it’s not just things we see. You could also add the sounds of soothing water. There are lots of options to add a water feature that would accommodate any space or budget.

Want to Add a Water Feature?

If you have always wanted a water feature, you can have one! There are lots of options out there to suit a variety of space and budgetary needs.

Shop for water feature ideas here.

More Budget-Friendly Landscaping for Curb Appeal Ideas

Achieving curb appeal requires some time and dedication to maintaining the exterior of the home but is so worth it! I realize my gardens might be more than what most people want to maintain, but even the smallest container of flowers adds a warm, welcoming touch.

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly tip to add more curb appeal to the home? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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front porch cottage garden with rudbeckia, sunflowers and gomphrena

Garden Supplies I Use

Since I’ve been gardening for well over twenty-five years, I’m often asked about the garden supplies and tools that I use most. From pruners to deer repellents, here are some of my favorites that I use in no particular order.

dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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21 Comments

      1. Very informative ideas. I am constantly updating and improving my gardens and like you am addicted to gardening. I have been a master gardener for over 25 yrs but am still always learning. Our summer temps are here in N.C but I am hoping for a cooler cloudy day to plant some new catmint plants and heuchera to edge my front garden. Never done but I still love it.

        1. Gardening is so fun like that! I am always learning something new too and since moving here I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me! There is so much here that I’ve not worked with before! Enjoy your gardens!!!!!

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  2. Thanks for the great ideas, Stacy. I really want to get some of the lanterns you have in your yard. They are so cool! Thanks for the link.

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  5. Hi Stacy, I love your gardens & tips. I live on a farm & desparetly trying to get the cottage look in my gardens. Where did you buy those lanterns? I love them !! Tx Brenda

  6. Stacy,
    Your tips are spot on and all your photography is just stunning. I’d love to share a link to this post on Sunday.