Front gardens and driveways come in all shapes and sizes and are areas that clients often struggle to know what to do with. They are primarily a functional space, being both access routes to the property, possibly garage and parking for cars.
The RHS campaign ‘Greening Grey Britain’ advises the public on how to use these spaces more creatively to support wildlife, reduce flooding risk and improve the nations’ health.
Even small front gardens offer a design opportunity to frame the property, emphasise an entrance or path, and on a practical level to provide some privacy. On a busy road, trees help reduce pollution from exhaust fumes and an evergreen hedge can provide a vital wildlife corridor.
Large front gardens are at risk of becoming bland areas of hard landscaping. Careful design, considering the movement of vehicles, parking and access, can produce a design and planting that works in harmony with the practicalities of the space.