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.

Raised beds
Raised beds

Keeps plants back from pavement (stops neighbours complaining!)

Smart path
Smart path

Chip and tar path is an avenue to the front door.

Tamed grape
Tamed grape

Prized grape is given supports, lavender hedge beneath.

Easy planting
Easy planting

(Almost) no pruning, feeding, weeding, staking... or watering.

Spacing plants
Spacing plants

Larger shrubs given growing room, without spilling over path.

Shady side
Shady side

White astelia, fuchsia 'Hawkshead' & foxgloves star in part shade.

Garden before

BEFORE
BEFORE

Neighbours objected to plants sprawling pavement.

BEFORE
BEFORE

View from living room was a bike store and wheelie bins.

BEFORE
BEFORE

Large conifer had outgrown space.