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Design for a welcoming front garden

Design for a welcoming front garden


When designing a front garden there are two important issues to consider. Firstly, the space needs to be functional and easy to "read". Your visitors should immediately be able to see where to go to reach the front door. Circulation routes should be as direct as possible with good slip-free surfaces. Secondly, since your front garden gives the first impression of your property, it should be attractive, welcoming, and nestle your house comfortably into its environment.

A garden with symmetrical layout and formal structure

A combination of rectangular and circular patterns



If you wish to create a garden with a relatively formal style, then a symmetrical layout is a good starting point. The degree of formality can be increased by continuing the symmetry in the planting and by using architectural plants, topiary and clipped hedges.