Our advice on making the most of your front garden

In this blog post discuss how to make the most of your front garden. Read on for our tips and advice.

Our advice on making the most of your front garden

If you're lucky enough to have some space at the front of your property, make the most of it. When designing a garden area, think of it essentially as a floor - the hard and soft landscaping of path, lawn or ground cover plants - with some vertical decorative touches such as a feature tree or wooden bench. A well-designed front garden should be simple and functional, and use materials that blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Get the path right first. Bricks, terracotta, stone and tiles look classic but you can choose any material, however unusual, that complements the style of your home. Traditional red or patterned tiles look good leading up to the front door in a Victorian terrace, for example, whereas white and black gravel will complement a modern glass house.

A bit of greenery in the front garden softens the look of a property. Few of us have much time to look after our gardens, so low-maintenance planting is generally more attractive to buyers. Lawns, however tiny, need regular attention, so if your garden is small another option is to establish beds with low-growing, sculptural evergreens such as box or hebe, which don't need much care apart from occasional pruning. Also consider planting against the house and using it as a backdrop. For instance, a climbing plant around the door, or bold, colourful window boxes. Potted topiary creates a sculptural look and is a quick way of making your exterior appealing to a certain sort of buyer. In small front gardens, a single specimen tree makes an attractive focal point, although make sure that it is not one that sucks a lot of moisture from the ground which could affect the foundations.