The best front garden ideas – smart, easy and cheap
Here is a round-up of my favourite front garden ideas.
Your front garden is part of your community. It’s what people see when they walk home from work. You can talk to neighbours while you’re working in it.
Your front garden also has an environmental impact. The RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign aims to prevent everyone from paving over their front gardens to make parking spaces. It also has good ideas for those who want a parking space but are prepared to share it with plants.
So, in no particular order, here are some front gardens that cheer people up when they walk past them. They’re (almost) all easy to adapt yourself and they’re not expensive.
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The horticulturalist’s front garden
If you are mad about plants, then your front garden is a wonderful place to display them. This garden below is one of four gardens in a row near me in Faversham. Each of the four front gardens is completely different but delightful.
A formal front garden
This is the next garden in the row of four. It has a classic formal design, and is planted mainly with lavender. The blue of the lavender works well with the duck egg blue front door.
Colour co-ordinated front garden ideas
The ‘row of four gardens’ shows an excellent use of colour. In this garden, the colour of the front door matches the colour of the garden gate. Even the box (for electricity meters?) on the side of the front door is painted in the same smart blue-grey. Colour harmonising is one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective front garden ideas.
A simple front garden planting
This is the last of the ‘four gardens in a row’. This front garden has a relaxed, easy feel and is wholly dominated by erigeron karvinskianus. This looks so charming – it just froths up everywhere. Planting just one kind of plant in your front garden is another of the simplest and most effective front garden ideas, especially when it’s a simple daisy like this.
Topiary front garden ideas
The garden below probably cannot be described as either ‘easy’ or ‘cheap.’ But it does show how effective topiary can be in a front garden. You can buy box and yew from markets and grow your own topiary.
Choose your front garden path with the house in mind
If you have a yellow brick house, then have a yellow brick path. It’s such an easy thing to forget. In fact, it’s a good idea to remember that all the elements of your front garden ought to work together, from the colour of the front door and garden gate to the path and the planting.
And front garden colour schemes too…
Upcycled front garden ideas
Fern Alder started Full Frontal, a community front garden initiative which spread all over the country. She believes in making the most of front gardens and encourages people to do interesting things, such as recycling unusual objects as planters.
Read more front garden ideas – or ideas that will also work in your front garden in How to Style Your Garden.
It’s also worth remembering that your choice of a front garden path is important, and there’s more about how to choose your garden path here.
And if you’re thinking of adding a hedge to your front garden, this has essential tips.
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I hope that’s given you some good front garden ideas. Let me know your pretty, smart or unusual front garden ideas. And do share this, using the buttons below – thank you!