To redesign the front garden and driveway to create better flow, provide concealment for the car and bins in a contemporary garden to suit the style of property that will retain the openness of the site but provide some privacy from the street.
Relaying the surface of the front garden to gravel will unify the space, provide a cover to the hard-standing for the car and allow us to plant freely. Instead of a fixed path from the pavement to the front door, you will walk to the left of the parked car and up to the front door in an arc, led by planting. You will pass a bin store and tree on your right, a log store ahead of you to the left under the window and arrive at the front door and side door in their own small courtyard. Bikes and bins can be walked through the garden over the gravel and the tree and bin store combined will shield the car from view from the house.
Cutting the Lonicera hedge into an organic shape and thinning the Kerria japonica hedge to the front will broaden the space. I also recommend re-staining the picket fence to the front and side of the property.
This garden is a great example of how even a teeny-weeny budget can make a huge impact. We focussed on aromatic planting which now scents the approach to the house, a loose path through informal planting enlarges the space whilst giving it a cosy, welcoming feel. The diminutive trees will provide screening from the road without overshadowing the house. A clever, dual purpose log store and succulents bed soaks up the sun in front of the living room window. This bed was designed for the children really and they are already adding treasures to their collection.
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