A front garden is the public face of a house; it creates the first impression of the property and its owners to the outside world. It is important that the front garden of the house is designed to be practical, but also to offer significant appeal.
The main practical goal when designing a front garden is to provide easy access to the house. However, the front garden is often needed for other purposes such as garbage disposal, bike and wheelchair access, and car parking. To meet these requirements and create a beautiful garden, the key is to keep the layout simple.
The design should use geometric shapes without difficult details. A formal design with strong and bright lines always looks good and is easy to keep clean. If the scheme looks too bland and flat, create interest by introducing raised curbs or even a small water feature. Planting will also add height, texture, color and soften hard edges.
A straight path approximately 1.2 m wide will allow unhindered access to the gateway and plants to invade and soften them. The entrance to the house should be obvious and welcoming. Framing the door with a Topiary Box in containers looks elegant and is easy to keep clean. The climbing plants should be well attached and pruned otherwise they become sharp and make the entry wet and smelly. The lawn in a front garden often does not work well – if it is not mown regularly a lawn will make the house run down.
Guests will want a seating area in the front garden if this is their only outdoor area. Creating a submerged area will give privacy, and the level change will provide visual interest without cluttering the space. An element of water can also add interest in a front garden, but must be scaled with the house and garden. A drilled sandstone sphere or raised pool with a steel spout are simple, elegant and low maintenance water features that will work in most situations.
Having provided a path from the door to the entrance door In the garden, for example, above a low front wall, regular callers will soon create an ugly and informal road through the garden. Some strategically placed thorny plants will help stop this.
Safety is another practical problem when designing a front garden. High hedges provide ideal coverage for potential burglars. Use motion detectors for lights and fix pots and sculptures by cementing them in place, attach them to the house or peg with chains
Enclosure walls and fences adjacent to the road or on the sidewalk must not exceed 1 meter. planning permission. Some deeds of property contain clauses stipulating a maximum height for the front limits of less than 1 meter. Check with the local authority, look on the planning portal and check the deeds of the house before erecting the walls and fences of the garden.
The lighting of the front garden should be subtle but practical. The washers on each side of the entrance door frame the entrance to create a warm welcome. Add trail lighting and decorative floodlights to illuminate plants and key elements and wash the walls of the house. This will give a dramatic effect and a soft illumination rather than flatten the garden with the bleaching spotlight.
A balanced front garden with contradictory practical requirements while providing an attractive entrance to the home requires thought, creativity and a plan. It is a shame to lose the chance to add value and aesthetic appeal to a property by not investing in a good design to get things right.