Your front garden is the first thing that a visitor will see of your home. Perhaps because we rarely spend time there ourselves, it is often overlooked and many people who have beautifully cared-for back gardens tend to neglect the front, or at least do only the minimum to keep up appearances. This is a shame, as a well-designed front garden can add a great deal to your home, and really help to brighten up your neighbourhood. As the only part of your property that a stranger is likely to see, it is a wonderful opportunity to tell the world who you are, and what you like. (Image source: www.timaustengardendesigns.com)

There are many things you can do to improve the appearance of your front garden, and a lot of them are inexpensive and easily-manageable. Of course, what can be achieved depends very much on the size of the front garden, and how much privacy you want it to have. Here are few design suggestions for large and small front gardens.

Design Tips for Larger Front Gardens

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A large front garden, with some degree of privacy from the street, has a lot of potential. By mixing the plants and surfaces, providing a clear path to the front door, and even including an area for garden furniture, you can create a front garden that both welcomes visitors and increases the leisure space of your property. The above large front garden uses features and a rich mixture of surfaces, plants and trees to achieve a beautiful and cohesive design. (Image source: www.gardenbuilders.co.uk)

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The design possibilities for large front gardens are endless, but there are a few general principles that will always help. First: keep it tidy. This is especially important if your garden can be seen from the street. Neat borders and well-tended shrubs and bushes will help to make a good first impression. If at all possible, try to use a variety of plants that flower in different seasons, this will help to make sure that the garden is full of different textures and colours throughout the year. Next, remember that you want to use the front garden to lead visitors to your door. Lining a pathway, drive or front door with small trees or a decorative path, will give the space a welcoming focal point. Use different textures on the ground if possible. In a large front garden, a mixture of lawn, gravel, tiling and paving can make separate areas of the garden and create a more pleasing overall appearance. (Image source: www.dewindesigns.co.uk)

Design Tips for Smaller Front Gardens

The options for small front gardens, such as those of terraced houses, are obviously a little more limited, but there are still many things you can do which will help to make them attractive and welcoming. It is recommended that you don’t use tall trees or dense bushes, you want as much sunlight to reach your home as possible.

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Make the front door the primary feature. You can do this by highlighting the door number and framing the entranceway with small trees, olive trees work very well in this context. Outdoor lighting, especially if you can find a lamp which matches the period of your property, is another simple idea that can do wonders for the appearance of your home in the evenings. Hanging baskets, rattan planters and trellises covered with foliage are other possibilities for brightening up tight spaces. A covered trellis is also a good way of covering up any unsightly features such as wheelie bins.

With some careful planning, attention to detail and a few bright ideas, your front garden can welcome visitors, attract the attention of passers-by and set the whole tone of your property. All of which makes spending a little time thinking about the appearance of your front garden well worth the effort. (Image source: www.housetohome.co.uk/)