Cast iron style black railings and a half height yellow stone wall in a recently…



Cast iron style black railings and a half height yellow stone wall in a recently completed London Front Garden project. The design of the front garden was abandoned in half-finished condition. The narrow path of concrete slabs is flanked by lawns with individual shrubs. Overall, the whole thing seems quite conventional and uninspired. A less prominent location for the garbage can would also be desirable. A courtyard garden on the … #Cast

The right planning
There are many wishes attached to the front garden: it should look inviting, look beautiful all year round, be easy to care for and unmistakable. In addition, it serves as access to the house and should provide a hiding place for garbage cans or a parking space for bicycles. The Entree looks particularly successful if it fits the style of the House. Lush climbing roses and exuberant beds harmonise well with rural architectural styles, while clear geometric shapes and quiet greenery are often better suited for a modern house. “”Less is more”” is the Motto for the colour scheme and for the choice of materials for floor coverings for storage areas, paths and borders.

The selection of plants relies on long flowering times and expressive plants. Thus, permanent flowering robust roses such as’ Snowflake ‘ get the preference over single-flowering varieties. Perennials such as quilt candle and thimble impress with flower candles, sparks dot with leaf ornaments, while grasses convey lightness. In spring, for example, glowing tulips or ornamental garlic balls skilfully set accents in the beds. Woody plants such as flower Dogwood, farm jasmine or a shapely ball Maple can also be found in the small front garden.

The way to the house entrance
It is important to observe the lighting conditions when selecting plants for the front garden. At the entrance of the house you can create a flower-filled eye-catcher with vessels, for example filled with summer flowers. Maybe you can also set up a small garden bench where you can store your purchases. The path to the House should run directly and be so wide that two people have space next to each other. Pavement, clinker, gravel or concrete stone are suitable as flooring, lighting ensures safety. The garbage cans can be hidden behind shrubs, for example, or placed in Special Waste Boxes. Models with green roofs are easy to integrate – with electric lifting devices, the tons can even be sunk in the ground. A low hedge or fence made of wood or metal forms a beautiful border on the property and at the same time allows a view into the flowery Entree.

Front garden with round shapes and warm colours
If you walk along the gravel path to the house, you can enjoy the Ilex balls (Ilex ‘Convexa’) all year round. They remain beautiful by a cut just before budding in spring and a second in August. The groundcover is a wintergreen Stork’s beak (Geranium ‘White Ness’). It blooms from May to June. The White foxglove (Digitalis ‘Alba’) joins until July. He is two years old, but sows himself. The ornamental quince (Chaenomeles) behind it bears salmon-coloured flowers in early spring. In the raised beds of Corten steel grow the Rose ‘snowflake’ as well as the perennials clove root (Geum) ‘Red Wings’ and golden baskets (Chrysogonum), which bloom from May to August/September. Purple lilies ‘Tiramisu’ and sedge (Carex remota) contribute decorative leaf ornaments. The ball Robinia (Robinia ‘Umbraculifera’), a red bench and the panicle hydrangea on the right corner give the front garden a cozy Flair.

Blossoms in the shady front garden
Although front gardens are usually located on the shadow side of the house, you do not have to do without flowers. At this proposal, visitors are greeted by a peasant Jasmine (Philadelphus coronarius) in the spring. Those who want to enjoy their scent up close can settle down on the blue bench and let the design of the front garden take effect from there: the path leads slightly obliquely with squares offset to each other towards the door; dark patches run alternately right and left into the planting areas. Along these stripes grow in narrow beds Funkie (Hosta), foam blossom (Tiarella), watery heart (Dicentra ‘Alba’) and ferruginous (Aconitum). The areas in between are covered by the evergreen hazelnut (Asarum), loosened by two small groups of mountain riding grass (Calamagrostis varia) and decorative balls.

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