After revamping my friends' backyard they asked for help with their front yard.
We started off by removing some of the lawn—its flat expanse gave the feeling of the street or sidewalk going right up to the house—and in its place we added water-wise plants like Australian natives, rosemary, lavenders, grasses and other graceful, meadow-like plants.
Many of these will grow big, in an open, airy way. Eventually creating a soft, substantial border, making the yard feel more connected to the home and less like an extension of the street.
And of course, we added a tree. That large space was just begging for a tree. It's small now, but has a big future.
Update: 9-month site visit
I was thrilled when I saw the progress of these plants. They are thriving—growing even faster than I'd hoped—and well on their way to creating a graceful, woven border between the house and the street.
Amy John Headley is a landscape designer based in San Francisco.