As part of my research into front yard gardens, I've been doing a lot of surfing. Just found this excellent article by Olivia Johns, Horticulturalist at the Calgary Zoo Botanical Gardens.
Alternatives to Lawns
I'm getting anxious to start my new garden in the new house. Yes, it will be different. For one thing, I won't be able to garden in my cotton night-dress anymore like I can out here. At least not in the front yard. LOL. And I'll have to take my neighbor's opinions into account...sort of. And then there are those outdated, pesky rules that some cities have that dictate what you can or can't plant in your front yards. (I won't go there today!)
Instead, I'm dreaming of espaliered apple trees against the side of the garage. And a shady grape arbor in the back corner of the backyard garden.
And a rosemary hedge by the street....in the FRONT.
And just for inspiration, here's a photo of what my front "yard' garden looks like now:
and my new front yard....Looks like I have my work cut out for me!