Posted 25th Apr 2017
How can you go about greening up your front garden? Squire's Garden Centres are encouraging people to make their home a greener space, not only for the environmental and wildlife benefits, but also as they can act as a real mood enhancer. They have produced some top tips to help you make a statement at your front door
Think about what you need from the space
If you're using the space to park your car, think about the surface you need - does it really need to be tarmac or concrete? Something such as block paving, gravel or a mesh through which the grass can grow can be a much more attractive solution, either allowing water to permeate or run off, and subsequently helping the drainage of the area and refilling ground water instead of the drains.
Is a fence really needed, or could a hedge do the job? A hedge provides a home for wildlife and will also be tactile and attractive. However, you either may not be able to avoid a fence or will prefer having one, in which case why not try planting climbers? Clematis, roses and honeysuckles will provide you with abundant flowers and, in many cases, a waft of delicious fragrance when you pass. If it's a shadier boundary, a climbing hydrangea could be more suitable. Alternatively low maintenance shrubs such as Hebes or Choisya can provide permanence and structure, allowing you to interplant with bulbs, cottage garden plants and bedding to give a splash of colour as co-ordinated or crazy as you like.
Choosing your plants will be the best bit but avoid height and spread. A monkey puzzle tree is for an arboretum, and not a front garden, but a small flowering prunus or a compact maple could be just the thing.
Make a statement at your front door
Some well chosen containers with permanent planting, such as clipped bay trees, box, or olive trees can add sophistication. You can also plant around your feature plants with seasonal bedding, or add further containers or a couple of hanging baskets to ring the changes and alter your look based on your mood and time of year.
Image courtesy of Squire's Garden Centres