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Front garden and car port

Hi all, hoping for some ideas on how to make the most of the non-private areas of our garden. We are a very ordinary ex-council suburban semi, with a gentle sloping front garden with no boundary with the road or neighbour. We also have a resin driveway to the front which extends down the side of the house, under a carport and to the garage. 

We have tried to keep a relatively contemporary feel in the back garden, with lawn for the dog, a seating area and then narrow borders with a few foliage plants and exotics. Waiting desperately for the plants to fill out! 

Would love some suggestions of how to make the most of the rest of our outdoor space, at the moment it feels a little wasted. Front garden faces North, but the end nearest the road does get some sunshine through the day. Carport is West facing, with a perspex roof - I'm not very good at remembering to water pots under here! 

Sorry this is a bit long!


  • Ours is the side with the white gravel path, and the boundary is in line with the end of the indented bit - near the downpipe!
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 3,514
    @rsvemdKYi1mBK I guess you want to keep your lawn? The fact that you sometimes forget your pots makes me think you are looking for low maintenance ideas too?

    'Tis sweet to visit the still wood,where springs. The first flower of the plain. Longfellow.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    I’d plant cypress and shrubs along the boundary to define my space.

    But main thing is to find out the soil depth and quality before you do anything.

    Then look at aspect, how much sun you get at what time of year, wind and moisture.
  • Hi, yes low maintenance would be great, although I will try to do better! Soil is thin and chalky. It's fairly exposed, buy we're South of the UK so nothing too dramatic weather wise. 

    Not especially fussed on keeping the lawn, definitely want some borders and planting, but looking for something a bit more interesting than just digging a border all around the edge, which is about the best my imagination can do!

  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,069
    Are you allowed to have hedges or are you required to keep the front open plan? Do you know if your adjoining neighbours have any plans or thoughts for developing their front garden?
  • No restrictions that I'm aware of, and while most are open, a couple of the gardens have hedges or fences along the pavement edge, and between the gardens.

    Neighbours are not planning anything, their grass is often used as overflow parking when the grandkids are over! I don't think they'd have any grumbles about anything we did though. 
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