Village Front Garden

Low maintenance planting

Design and build constraints:
  • Low maintenance planting
  • Long season of interest in a small space

With the clients having already cleared most of the site, this front garden offered a blank canvas for designing a planting scheme. Ensuring the site was free of weeds, the soil was improved with organic matter so planting could get off to a good start. A combination of shrubs and perennials were supplemented by a range of bulbs, offering additional interest throughout the year in a small space. A colour scheme of violet blue and orange-yellow was selected, opposites on the colour wheel, but giving a vibrancy to the planting, whilst dark tones were added to give a richness.

The clients were novice gardeners so were looking for low maintenance and easy care plants whilst learning new skills and a developing passion for plants.

Two contemporary galvanised zinc planers in a zingy shade of teal were added to extend the areas of planting outside the front door and the existing driveway. They also added a much-needed shot of colour through the winter months.
Foliage had contrasting textures with plants such as Bergenia and Hydrangea quercifolia showing vibrant colour changes in leaf as the temperatures start to drop.
Varieties of plant were selected for their compact size so they would not require constant pruning and would sit well in their allotted space.
Colours were selected to give vibrancy and richness