You don’t need grass in your front yard– make it a garden!

grassless front yard in Buffalo NY

You don’t have to have grass in your front yard.

I loved the grassless front yard of Anne Gareis, which I saw on Garden Walk Buffalo in 2011.

A spectacular evergreen takes up most of the space in the front yard. She could have planted grass in the space around the tree, but instead she extended the garden from the front of the house to the tree.grassless front yard in Buffalo NY closeup

“Grass is boring,” Gareis said.

Ferns, hostas and other shade-tolerant plants fill in areas that might have been grass. Stepping stones, set in cocoa mulch, create a welcoming path for visitors.

Bonus tip: Use cocoa mulch and your front yard will always smell like brownies!

See another grassless front yard in Amherst that we wrote about in 2010.

Mark your calendar– Garden Walk Buffalo will take place this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29.

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