GREENER FRONT gardens don’t need to be complicated or time consuming but a few easy updates can make a world of difference.
If you want to know how to create a welcoming mood enhancer and an outdoor space that will benefit your own well being, as well as wildlife and the environment follow these tips:
SPACE:-If you want to park your car think about the surface you require. Does it need to be tarmac or concrete? Sometimes block paving, gravel or a mesh through which the grass can grow is a more attractive solution and allows water to permeate rather than run off, thereby helping drainage in the area and refilling the ground water instead of the highway drains.
BOUNDARIES:- Do you need that fence, or could you plant a hedge? A hedge is a home for wildlife and is much more tactile and attractive. But if you need a fence then why not plant some climbers.
Clematis, roses and honeysuckle will give you abundant flowers and, in many cases, a waft of delicious fragrance as you pass.
For a shadier boundary, a climbing hydrangea may be more suitable. Or plant low maintenance shrubs such as Hebes or Choisya to provide permanence and structure, then you can have fun interplanting with bulbs, cottage garden plants and bedding for a splash of colour as coordinated or crazy as you like.
SCALE:- Choosing your plants is the best bit but do look out for height and spread. A monkey puzzle tree is for an arboretum not a front garden (unless you have a stately home), but a small flowering prunus or a compact maple could be just the thing.
FRONT DOOR:- A couple of well chosen containers with some permanent planting such as some clipped bay trees, box, or olive trees will add sophistication. In addition, you can plant around your feature plants with seasonal bedding, or add further containers or a hanging basket or two, to ring the changes and alter your look according to your mood or time of year.