When you’re looking for a design for your front garden, consider one of the easiest to create – the formal look. The geometry of a standard suburban house block is made for this style – it’s just a case of adding the right features and choosing appropriate plants.
Take a cue from this simple front yard makeover, and follow the steps to transform your front-of-house toot-sweet!
1. Repair the path
Freshen up rendered path edgings by sanding old paint and patching gaps with mortar. Either make up your own mortar (3:1 sand to cement) or buy a premixed product. Finish with a fresh coat of paint – try Dulux Weathershield in Eggshell.
2. Add an entry arbour
Install a traditional garden arch to define the front entry. This kit from Gardman can be simply screwed together and painted. Once in position, plant a star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) on either side, weaving the tendrils through the lattice.
3. Create circular beds
Create a pair of circular garden beds on either side of a pathway. Planted with ornamental pear trees (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’), and surrounded by buxus, they’ll look delightful in every season of the year.
Here’s how to make circular beds
Link Edge garden edging (75mm), joiners and spikes to suit
Measure the centre point between house and fence, then mark with a shovel or stake. Using a tape measure, measure out the radius of circular bed (75cm used here), then mark the outline with marker paint.
Use shovel to remove lawn from bed. Re-use this turf to patch up bare spots elsewhere in the lawn.
Sharpen the edge of the bed with the shovel and loosen the soil to a depth of about 10cm.
Measure out a length of Link Edge to fit the circle, connect with a joiner, then use a hammer to secure in place with spikes.