The South West London Gardener

How to Design and Build the Perfect London Front Garden

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There are plenty of beautiful streets in London.

Wander down many of the historic and scenic roads and your eyes will be quickly diverted to the front gardens that surround you.

Since the Victorian era, people have wanted to make their home as beautiful to a passer-by as can be, and this has involved decorative and functional front gardens.

Many of the iron gates and fences and some of the pathways that were put in place during this time are still there, adding a dash of history to each home it is in front of.

But not all front gardens look so appealing.

If you look out of your front window and see something overgrown, tired, and in need of renovation, then it may be time to transform your front garden.

Here’s how you can do just that.

The Importance of a Front Garden in London

There are plenty of reasons why having a front garden that is nice to look at and bursting with life can benefit you and your home.

This is the first thing you see when you finish your commute home from work. It’s the initial sight of home after a long weekend away. If your garden is looking a bit bare, then this can be underwhelming.

Coming home to a garden full of your favourite colours, scents, and features can make you feel back at home even before you step through your front door.

It could also add value to your home.

An off-putting exterior could take 20% off a potential buyer’s value of a home. In stark contrast to this, a well-maintained and attractive garden can add 20%. At current rates, this could be up to £60,000.

That’s a lot of money.

In some areas, including this one in East London, 50% of front gardens contain no plants. This means that if you can delight passers-by with a large sunflower or catch the eye of your neighbours with a delightful bed of roses, you are sure to own the garden on the street that stands out.

In a city such as London, where gardens are less common than other areas, adding some nature into your road is always a good thing, and a well-designed front garden can be the key to unlocking the true potential of your home.

Front Garden Design Tips

So, now you know the importance of a front garden in London, how can you make sure yours is just right.

Luckily, our team at The Southwest London Gardener know a thing or two about this topic, and so here are five top tips.

  • Beware of When Things Get Bare – Unlike your back garden, your front is always on display. This means that in wintertime when trees get bare and plants die back, there’s no hiding place. If you design a garden that looks great in full bloom, but is designed poorly for the winter, then you may end up spending a few months feeling anxious about the look of your home. Make sure the foundations such as planting beds, paths, and lawns are neat and tidy to ensure an aesthetically pleasing front garden all year round.
  • Form a Partnership with Your Home – The backdrop of your front garden is important, and in most cases, this is your home. Do you live in a Victorian home that has a classic look, then a modern garden may not suit the style. If you have a bright pink front door, then surrounding this with flowers and plants of similar, vibrant colours will add a great effect to the look of your entire home. The front of your house is a huge backdrop to your front garden, so work with it to create maximum effect.
  • Use Your Space Wisely – It’s rare that a front garden is bigger than a back garden, so this means you often have limited space to work with. This doesn’t mean you can’t make a huge effect though. There are plenty of ways you can make a small garden look bigger, including building vertically in terms of climbing flowers which can add a stunning visual to the front of your home. The design of every garden is important, but it is even more critical in a smaller space, so spend plenty of time focusing on the design. You may find you’re a natural!
  • Add colour, but not too much – In a garden, colour can really make a big difference. There are so many opportunities to add a dash of colour to your space, including planting some beautiful flowers, purchasing some funky furniture, and splashing some paint onto your fences. While this may look great, it is wise not to go overboard. If every front garden in your street is minimal, a bright and vibrant one may stand out like a sore thumb. You can definitely go wild with the colour but keeping things subtle if that is the vibe of the street can make sure you don’t make something that stands out too much.
  • Make Sure you Know Your Limits – You may be limited in what you can do to your front garden because you’re simply not allowed. It’s vital that you check for covenants and seek planning permission from the council if you are planning on doing anything too outlandish in your garden. The last thing you want to do is break any rules, so having a quick check before you build can save you lots of time and money further down the line.

Our London Front Garden Projects

Our team are trained in designing and building gardens of all shapes and sizes, including front gardens.

A great example of this is this practical and modern garden in Worcester Park.

It was a tough task, as the initial space had many issues. A picket fence was allowing litter to blow onto the garden, there was old paving which had moved, and tree roots were beginning to come through into the garden.

Add to that an unstable brick wall and partial fencing that wasn’t up to scratch, and we had a big job on our hands.

Before we got to work.

Our design team created a stunning idea to completely transform the space, and then the landscapers got to work.

We began by stripping everything back, even moving plants from the front garden to the back where they could prosper.

We added a stunning blockwork planting bed that was raised and painted in a sky blue to become a real feature of the garden. We added paving throughout, and even a block paving bin store to keep them unsightly bins out of sight.

A new fence was installed which was solid and looked great, and the final touch of an evergreen shrub was added to the planting bed focal point.

The end result was a complete transformation from what was initially there, and the customer loved it.

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The Final Product.

Let Us Transform Your Front Garden

We love being London gardeners, and the people we meet and the gardens we create make our work a joy.

If you are thinking about renovating your front garden, then why not get in touch today for a free, no-obligation quote?

It can make a huge difference to your home, so there’s no time like the present to have a front garden renovation.

We look forward to speaking with you.