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Large front gardens can be associated with small or large back gardens. Sometimes, they are large because of the unusual shape of a site, for example a corner site. Large front gardens are usually too big and the problem is to make the best use of them.




It is difficult to make use of large front gardens except to use them as ornamental gardens. They are unlikely to be used for some of the purposes to which a back garden might be put. For example, a fruit and vegetable area, greenhouse, compost area, paved sitting area, or children’s play area are not really suitable for front gardens!

Sometimes, the garden may be made suitable for these purposes by putting up a high wall or fence. This is not for long narrow front gardens, but division of the site might be an answer in this case.


Large front garden No. 1


A long narrow front garden might be divided as shown to provide a parking area at a distance from the house, thus giving the house the benefit of the ornamental end of the garden. The division might be simply created by borders that swing out in a curve into the central area, or more definitely by a fence or wall. The farthest part of the garden away from the house might be planted up with trees and shrubs and given an occasional tidy up.


Large front garden No. 2


A wide front garden or a corner site which is L-shaped can be made more use of then a long, narrow front garden. Simply by ‘taking in’ some of the front garden with high walls (minimum two metres), part of what was the front garden becomes a side garden. Any adequately enclosed front area can be used in all the ways that a back garden can. It will only lack a bit of privacy because of the proximity of the roadway.




Front gardens are usually much smaller than back gardens. Sometimes, they are just a strip of soil in front of the house. Very pretty little ornamental areas can be made of these.




The main problem to deal with in a small front garden is usually the domination of a driveway, or footpath in the smallest gardens. These areas are mostly of mass concrete and not very appealing. They can be improved by being paved with slabs or paving bricks.


Small front garden No. 1



Small Front Gardens
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A traditional front garden with lawn, one or two trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. The border of plants provides some privacy and a nice view from the house itself.


Small front garden No. 2



Small Front Gardens
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A more radical treatment, the surface of gravel or coarse sand, a few rocks and about twenty plants. This is a scree garden with alpine plants that are easy to look after.


Small front garden No. 3



Small Front Gardens
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A traditional style with one or two trees and grass or ground cover plants. This is an easy type of garden to look after if the right choice of specimen trees and shrubs is made.


Small front garden No. 4


Small Front Gardens
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Apart from a few small shrubs, the garden is planted with low-growing perennial flowers. These are spread over the ground surface which is deeply mulched with fairly coarse bark mulch.




Many flats and apartments have a balcony which can be used to grow plants. It is the smallest form of garden but very ornamental effects can be created in small spaces. Any plant can be grown in a pot and a surprising number of plants can be fitted on a balcony if the right ones are chosen.




The three main problems associated with growing plants on balconies are exposure to wind, shading, and pots drying out. It is possible to solve the problem of plants in pots drying out by being more careful about watering, but the only way to solve the other two problems is to choose suitable plants.

Balconies above ground level suffer from wind damage; the higher up the balcony, the more exposure. Any balcony can have shaded conditions, but it is most usually a problem at ground level.


Balcony No. 1



This balcony garden is designed for a balcony exposed to a lot of wind
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This balcony garden is designed for a balcony exposed to a lot of wind. There are no climbing plants because these cannot take wind damage. It is based mainly on alpine plants, many of which are very resistant; they have the additional attraction of being small and easy to accommodate.

The little hedge could be about sixty centimetres high, grown in a large window box. Any wind-resistant small shrubs would do. The hedge could be turned around occasionally to give the light to both sides.


Balcony No. 2



Balcony Gardens
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This garden is suitable for a balcony that does not get too much wind. Liberal use is made of climbers, especially ivies, to decorate the walls – growing on trellis and hanging from brackets. They are also used to scramble around on the floor. The other plants could be shade-tolerant perennial flowers and annuals.