Designing a front yard that reflects the heritage of your Colonial-style home can be fun and rewarding. It adds to the enjoyment of a traditional American house style and creates a more historical feeling to the space. So, how do you get started? Here are a few tips for creating a Colonial yard.
Colonial architecture and design was inspired by geometry and symmetry, which is reflected in the landscape and yard layout as well. The house should reflect symmetrical values with windows, shutters and dormers at equal distances. Follow this theme with the yard -- plant matching trees, shrubs and seating areas. Most walkways should be located either straight down the center of the front yard or allowed to meander through the yard on the way to an entrance (this apparent randomness provides a nice contrast to the yard's geometry).
Colonial life was based on the need for survival, so among the biggest facets of their yards were gardens -- medicinal, edible and ornamental. One way to achieve a historical garden look is to plant a garden to one side of the yard in a square set of four beds with walkways between them. The walkways may be pea gravel, brick or even crushed oyster shell (for a truly authentic touch). The garden may be raised or level with the ground, depending on your soil quality.
Fences were, in fact, required in many colonial communities (to keep out unwanted animals). For this reason, they are still a big part of Colonial yard design. You can choose from either a rustic design featuring large twigs or wattle, or you can opt for a picket fence design. Traditional woods are a popular choice for many modern Colonial home owners, but others choose to marry tradition with modern technology and use a high quality and low maintenance vinyl fence that mimics older materials -- with a lot less work.
Because Colonial homes relied on gardens for food and medicine, fill your yard with both edible and herb plants. Chives, dill, yarrow, lavender, lemon balm or rosemary make excellent beginnings to your herb garden. Throw in some all-American flowers like geraniums, marigolds or Johnny jump-ups for color and variety.
Designing a classical Colonial yard will help you understand the mind-set of the early American settlers and develop more appreciation for your Colonial home as well. Blending traditional elements like gardens and symmetry with modern updates like the best vinyl fencing will bring you a yard you can enjoy for years to come.
6 January 2016
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