Front Garden Design is very important to give your house kerb appeal. A front garden which is unkempt and unfinished can make a great house look poor when viewed from the road. Often front gardens are used mainly as parking areas for cars which can take over the space. A good front garden design can take into account the need for car parking and still provide a very attractive space which enhances the front of the house.
This house in Rathfarnham was very neglected, with unfinished paving and areas overtaken with weeds and overgrown shrubs. The house is on
a lovely road in a great area and required a major upgrade to compliment the house itself and the location.
A large area of parking was required in the front garden for three cars and the owners did not want any grass but wished to soften the house and parking with planting. There were three wonderful mature Birch trees already within the garden with lovely white bark on their trunks which needed to be exposed and shown off. These were used to create the major focal point in the front garden. An area for bin storage was also required which was integrated into the front garden design but screened from the road by a wooden panel fence.
This front garden design was based on rectangular borders complimented by a grid pattern of granite cobbles within the main decorative gravel parking area. The front door was complimented by granite paving steps with granite paving continuing along the front of the house outlining two borders framing the front door filled with standard ligustrum topiary and box hedge edging. The paving then also continues around the garden as an edging to the borders which provides a nice finishing detail to the borders.
The planting to the left of the garden was designed to enhance the Birch trees with spring
bulbs and Foxgloves. Standard Camelia’s across the front of the garden provide some screening from the road without being too large or providing too much shade.
This front garden design was planted last September and this year will be its first year of full growth. We look forward to seeing it maturing beautifully to provide an attractive setting for this lovely house.