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Top Plants for a Front Yard (Australian Guide)

Planting out your front yard requires some careful planning so that the garden looks lovely but is still low-maintenance. What you decide to plant will depend on the style that you want to create.

Foliage plants are great for a front yard because they help to soften the front of your home and usually don’t require a lot of extensive care.

You can also brighten up the space with a few flowering natives that will keep the local bird population happy but won’t take up all your time in tending them.

Here’s a selection of plants that are great for an Australian front yard.

Lomandra longifolia

Lomandra longifolia Spiney Headed Mat Rush | Plant varieties
Lomandra longifolia / Photo by Peterdownunder / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

This native Australian grass is great for mass planting as a border along your driveway. It’s extremely hardy and will grow in most soil types. 

This clumping grass requires very little maintenance but will respond to being cut back if it spills too far over your driveway. Just cut the grass back with hedging shears when it starts to look overgrown. 

In spring, Lomandra longifolia will produce long panicles of flowers that attract pollinators. A nice compact variety is Lomandra ‘Lime Tuff’ which has lime green strappy foliage and only grows to a height of 0.4 metres.

Senecio serpens ‘Blue Chalk’

Senecio serpens ‘Blue Chalk | Plant varieties
Senecio serpens

This stunning succulent will add some colour to your front yard, especially if you’re only going to grow foliage plants. It’s a low-growing succulent with stems that are chalky blue in colour. 

This plant is also perfect for planting along a border or will make a great display plant in a rock garden. Being a succulent, it does require very well-drained soil and needs to dry out in between watering.

Other than that, this plant is virtually maintenance-free and can be cut back if it becomes unruly.

Myoporum parvifolium (Creeping Boobialla)

Myoporum parvifolium Creeping Boobialla | Plant varieties
Myoporum parvifolium / Photo by cultivar413 / Flickr (cropped) / CC BY 2.0

For a truly low-maintenance front yard, you want some taller foliage plants to create height and interest but you want to surround these with a good ground cover to suppress weeds.

Creeping Boobialla is the perfect ground cover for this. It’s another native plant and has soft green leaves and masses of pretty white flowers in the warmer months of the year.

This plant will easily spread over your soil and help to keep the weeds at bay. If you have a wall in your front yard, it will spill beautifully over the edge.

Limonium perezii ‘Blue’ (Perennial statice)

Statice flower | Plant varieties
Statice flower

For a spot of bright purple colour in your front yard, you can’t go past this perennial statice. It’s also very tolerant of salt so it’s a great plant for coastal gardens.

The lovely dark green leaves form a mound and from these grow long sprays of papery purple flowers.

The flowers will last for ages in a vase and should be cut back once they’re spent to encourage more blooms.

Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’

Banksia spinulosa | Plant varieties
Banksia spinulosa

Nothing is quite as stunning as this native banksia. It’s a low-growing variety that will only reach a height of around 0.5 metres.

The soft green foliage looks lovely on its own but the plant really comes to life when the golden-yellow upright flowers appear in autumn and winter.

Like most banksias, Banksia spinulosa is perfectly low-maintenance and will handle a little frost while also being drought-tolerant. You can even trim it to create a low-growing hedge.

Liriope muscari (Lily turf)

Liriope muscari | Plant varieties
Liriope muscari

Liriope is one of those landscaping plants that you can just plant and forget. It’s another tufted grass plant that is perfect for mass planting as a border. It’s adaptable to virtually any type of soil and will grow in both full sun and shade. 

In late autumn, the plant will produce masses of tall flower spikes with blue to pink flowers. Once the flowers are finished, purple to black berries will form to add some additional colour to your front yard.

You can even rejuvenate Liriope muscari in late winter by trimming all the leaves back to 5 cm above the ground. Once you do this, new foliage will start to grow in spring and your plants will look lovely and fresh again.

Rhoeo discolor (Moses in the Cradle)

Rhoeo discolor Moses in the Cradle | Plant varieties
Rhoeo discolor

This spectacular plant has leaves that are striped with green, white, and pink. The undersides of the leaves are purple in colour. As a landscaping plant, it creates a nice spot of colour in your front yard. 

It prefers to grow in semi-shade but can be acclimatised to growing in full sun. However, you need to ensure that the soil is well-drained because this plant doesn’t like having constantly wet roots.

Correa

Correa reflexa Native Fuchsia | Plant varieties
Correa reflexa / Photo by peganum / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Correas are Australian native plants that have pretty bell-shaped flowers in a variety of different colours.

These plants are some of my favourites and are very low-maintenance. They prefer to grow in full sun but will handle some shade. 

You could plant out an entire garden bed with different species of Correa for the ultimate in low-maintenance gardening. 

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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