13 easy, effective front garden ideas


Hi there, it’s Alexandra from the Middlesized Garden YouTube channel and blog and I’ve seen some wonderful middle-
sized English gardens this year, and I’ve noticed that the excitement about a
garden actually begins when you arrive at the front door. Front gardens really
set the scene and yet they’re quite small, so one or two easy effective ideas
can make a huge difference. So I’ve collected together my favorite 13 ideas
for you to try in your garden. Tip 1 use your planting to echo the
colour of your front door. Here garden designer Posy Gentles has matched the unusual shade on her front door with the planting of
coleus and other flowers. Tip 2 think about your architecture or the color of
your bricks or your roof as well when you’re deciding to do your planting. Here
garden writer Francine Raymond has chosen yellow and grey as the theme for
her garden because she has yellow bricks and a grey slate roof and the purple of
this verbena bonariensis just looks wonderful against the yellow and the
gray. And then what about tip 3 which is contrast your house color or your front
door color with the planting in your front garden. This is another of garden
designer Posy Gentles’ designs and she’s done it for Mary Claire who’s the owner
of the gallery Frank in Whitstable. Tip 4 if you’ve got a theme for your back
garden, take it through to the front as well. When you walk down the street you
can see that this is Phillip Oostenbrink’s house – he’s the head gardener at
Canterbury Cathedral Gardens, and his back garden is an exotic one, so he’s
taken that exotic theme through to the front and it looks fantastic. Tip 5 use
repetition for effect. Here there are three kniphofias in Mary
Clare’s front garden designed by garden designer Posy Gentles and that’s echoed
by three of every other plant. It looks fantastic. Tip 7 line your path with just
one of any kind of plant. This one is my own Bonica Rose which was planted by my
predecessors, who designed our front garden and it’s been such a brilliant
design so we have barely changed it. This rose flowers effusively
in June and July. I then chop it back with shears in August and during
September, October, November and sometimes even December I have roses to enjoy in
the front garden. Tip 8 use lavender in your front garden. Sometimes the front of
the house is sunny and more open and lavender loves that sort of a situation.
It’s wonderful to walk up the front path and have the scent of lavender
emerging as you brush past it. Tip 9 use a window box –
this one’s perched on the low wall between two terraced houses and it
really echoes the colors of the front door.Tip 10 if you’ve got a larger
garden then still stick to one color theme – our front garden which was planted
by our predecessor has a color theme of pink- there are the pink Bonica roses,
pink nerines, pink tulips and this pink viburnum and actually it
does all look wonderful, and what’s more it looks quite tidy, which means that if
we haven’t weeded actually nobody really notices – well, at least they don’t mention
it to me. And I love the use of lavender everywhere in this large front garden – it
really frames the house. Tip 11 use pots this can be tricky in any city where
they can be stolen, but if you’re not too worried about that, pots or make a
wonderful instant garden and you can grow plants that you can’t grow
sometimes in your soil. Great Dixter is a garden in Sussex that you must visit if
you can, and they use pots around the front door to experiment with different
combinations and planting schemes. Tip 12 if you have a fence in your front garden,
then think about the color of the wood or painting it. Here a garden designer
and BBC Gardeners World presenter Mark Lane has used a grey-blue toned fence in
his front garden and it really sets off his planting beautifully. And tip 13
nothing beats a simple treatment like a rose around the door. You can find out
more about some of these gardens by seeing the videos and posts in the links
in the description below and also links to garden designers and other people. And
some of the gardens are also open for the NGS the National Garden Scheme in
Britain, if you’ve enjoyed this hit ‘like’ because I then know you want to hear
more about front gardens, and if there’s any other part of the garden you’d like
me to do more on, then please let me know in the comments
below. The Middlesized Garden YouTube channel and blog
uploads every Saturday with tip,s ideas and inspiration for your middle-sized
garden, so do join us, thank you!

13 thoughts on “13 easy, effective front garden ideas

  1. Thank you for the ideas … Unknowingly, I had used 2 of your front garden ideas!!  I planted lavender along the front of the house and my front door (painted by previous owner) is lavender colored!!  I also had a couple of containers with heliotrope next to the front door last summer.

  2. 'They' say 90% of houses are sold before people go through the front door mainly due to street appeal which is mainly due to front gardens.

  3. Great ideas, Alexandra, thanks. I am very keen on lavenders although they take some monitoring as they can quickly get out of hand. Your front garden looks amazingly beautiful. 🙂

  4. Every front garden shown by you in this video is brilliant in colours matching the house frontage…
    Must be a joy and feast for the eyes to be greeted by such beauty….
    Thanks for sharing…

  5. Great tips for the garden! I love using pots on our porch to fill in the area. One area I wonder about is the sides of the houses. I have a small garden on the side of the house where the drive way and garage are. I have plants but my wall is bare. I have been thinking to add plants that would vine up a trellis along that wall. It would make an interesting video to see what type of plants or ideas to fill in a bare wall in a garden. Thank you for such a great video. 💚💚💚💚💚💚

  6. How about large and small ornamental grasses around the front of the house. Mixed with daises..and various beach side flowers.

  7. Here's a poem I wrote about the online gardening community –

    Uk, here we grow,
    Where the year begins,
    Through wet and wind,
    But Charles Dowding,
    Will Never dig in.

    Neither will those northerners,
    The Deans, and the Tony's,
    In Newcastle, where it's always snowing,
    Bootz muddy, but never moaning,
    Further south, Nige, is slug patrolling.

    Here's spring, time for sowing
    Music, to sped up hoeing,
    Mike Hurdiss's plots, always showy,
    Border plan, got to be flowing.

    Middle-sized Gardens,
    Best to plan it,
    Who knew polishing trees,
    Could make this happen?

    Summer comes by,
    It's looking the best,
    So I took a welcomed rest,
    Ah, Allotment life,
    Ah! I hate you whitefly!

    Strawberries out my ears,
    Best sun in years,
    Picking daily, without fear,
    Then drought kills the lettuce.
    Pure tears…

    Into the autumn,
    Pumpkins I hoard them,
    Seeds, storing, leaves, pouring,
    I love the crunch and colours of autumn.

    As the cold draws in,
    Apples fall,
    Compost forks,
    But the greatest pleasure all year,
    Has been to hear,
    Lavender and Leek talk.

    By Sean (Plotting in Paradise)

    Thanks to all the contributors who have helped me this year 🙂

  8. I think your videos are excellent. Perfect for amateurs like me that enjoy pulling and planting my mid sized garden in N. Lincs that I have been the custodian of since I moved here from London 15 years ago. I have subscribed and look forward to more of the same tips, advice and opinion. Thank you.

  9. How welcoming! Love the torch lilies. I certainly believe in tip #11. Using pots is so convenient for changing the look quickly to be seasonal or just because we want to. We often start a plant in a pot to make sure it "takes." Once it is bigger we put it somewhere in our local landscape. Just did that with a Japanese maple tree. Now it is miniature roses. Before that it was Northern Sea Oats. Musical pots are so fun to do!

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