Smart front garden
The owner needed smarten his front garden, improve access and reduce maintenance. The garden was being used a bike park and wheelie bin space, and planting was spilling over the front pavement. The owner is a self-confessed non-gardener, so any plants needed to look after themselves. He also wanted the garden to connect to the drive, with space for one occasional car (astride stepping stones).
The solution was a low-maintenance gravel garden with raised beds, tough planting, and chip & tar paths. We also gave the home two clear entrance-ways: the public path to the front door, and a stepping-stone path from front door to side door.
INNOVATION. Using 'chip and tar' for the driveway and path, a smart inexpensive solution.
Click here for design mood board and planting plan.
Keeps plants back from pavement (stops neighbours complaining!)
Chip and tar path is an avenue to the front door.
Prized grape is given supports, lavender hedge beneath.
(Almost) no pruning, feeding, weeding, staking... or watering.
Larger shrubs given growing room, without spilling over path.
White astelia, fuchsia 'Hawkshead' & foxgloves star in part shade.
Neighbours objected to plants sprawling pavement.
View from living room was a bike store and wheelie bins.
Large conifer had outgrown space.