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10 front garden ideas

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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For those who own a house, maintaining the garden or land around it always requires a little more time and effort than we may have initially thought. However, even though we may spend hours turning it from unmaintained jungle to a trimmed back and inviting oasis, the garden we see when we first open the door or pull up into the driveway provides a priceless welcoming experience for both occupants and guests alike. Front gardens serve a very important purpose; they greet us upon arrival home and provide some sort of indication to our guests as to what lays behind closed doors. Designing a front garden is usually different from the rest of the house—it's a little more flirtatious and provocative than anywhere else. So, let's take a look at 10 front garden ideas that you can easily put together!

1. Mood lighting

Riggsacre, Corbridge:  Houses by MWE Architects
MWE Architects

Riggsacre, Corbridge

MWE Architects

Just as you would think about lighting inside, it's important to think about it outside, too. You want your house to appear as welcoming as you can from the outside, and lighting is a good way to create a grand aura. Lighting in your front garden also serves a practical purpose. By keeping the space illuminated, it will deter potential thieves. We love this example from MWE Architects as the interesting position of the lights casts an elegant glow. 

2. Steel flower buckets

Zinc Planter with Candle Holders:  Garden  by ELLA JAMES

Zinc Planter with Candle Holders


To create the perfect rustic style front garden, steel flower pots are a great alternative to ceramic and concrete. They are light weight and can be easily moved should you want to change their position or use them for a different purpose—perhaps as an outdoor table centre piece? Whether you choose lavender, herbs or hydrangeas, these zinc buckets with attached candle holders from Ella James are a great option to dress up a front garden. 

3. Geometrical hedges

Femkant Outdoor Concrete Planter In White:  Garden  by Adam Christopher Design
Adam Christopher Design

Femkant Outdoor Concrete Planter In White

Adam Christopher Design

For those who are devoted to minimalist and modern garden trends, you cannot go past these Femkant planter boxes from Adam Christopher Design. Their unique pentagonal design is really something special, and will definitely set the tongues in the neighbourhood wagging. We love the sculptural quality of the rounded hedge positioned inside, though any style or shape of plant will feel right at home in here. 

4. Archways for creepers

Through the looking glass: a surreal garden of distortion and scale:  Garden by carol whitehead garden design
carol whitehead garden design

Through the looking glass: a surreal garden of distortion and scale

carol whitehead garden design

If you'd like to add a little mystery to your front garden, an archway is the perfect way to achieve this. Whether free-standing or overgrown with creepers, garden archways have a certain romantic appeal that cannot be denied. They also leave us wanting to venture further—so owner beware! Your guests will be fascinated by what lies beyond the arch. This elegant example is from Carol Whitehead Garden Design and the project it is part of has poetically (and fittingly!) been titled Through the looking glass.

5. Planter boxes

Christine Wilkie Garden Design has designed a way to create distinction between the various plants and zones in this garden through the use of raised planter boxes. Adding an element of hierarchy, the different levels create interest and are visually pleasing to the eye. This is also a great way to group various plants that grow better together than others.

6. Water feature

Water is an essential element in traditional Japanese garden design as it is a way to create tranquillity and calm. Project Artichoke has designed this intricate garden space that combines 3 distinct elements—ferns, water and a walkway. You can just imagine how inviting this space would be after long, busy day, inviting you to take a moment in peace to reconnect.

7. Artificial topiary

Artificial Boxwood Ball Topiary:  Garden  by Evergreen Trees & Shrubs
Evergreen Trees & Shrubs

Artificial Boxwood Ball Topiary

Evergreen Trees & Shrubs

For those who don't have a green thumb and like the look of plants but don't care to maintain them, then artificial topiary is an excellent choice to suit your busy lifestyle. You'll have your neighbours wondering how it is possible that the plants in your front garden are always trimmed and shaped! Now, no matter how harsh the weather is on either side of the mercury, you can be sure that you'll be welcomed home to a fresh and contemporary front garden thanks to Evergreen Trees & Shrubs .

8. Low hedges

3D Exterior Design Rendering for Classic Home:  Artwork by Yantram Architectural Design Studio
Yantram Architectural Design Studio

3D Exterior Design Rendering for Classic Home

Yantram Architectural Design Studio

If you've got a beautiful home, you want a beautiful front garden to match. It's important to consider the overall aesthetic of the house, so if you live in a country manor or Victorian style terraced home, you should think about greenery that matches the era of the property. In this case, we see a 3D visualised classic sandstone home that has been complemented by low laying hedges all lined up around the perimeter of the path which suit the style of the building to a tee. For those who have the perfect front garden in their minds but aren't able to replicate it, you can enlist the skills of 3D Yantram Animation Studio to realise your dreams.

9. Hardy plants

If artificial greenery isn't your thing, but you still want a easy care garden, hardy, succulent plants are the best choice. Especially if you live in a hash climate, these plants need to be watered sparingly and very rarely trimmed. Given that they are originally grown in the extreme weather conditions of Australia or Africa, it's only fitting to think they'd be the least likely to survive. Despite this, as evidenced by Wildblood Macdonald, the natural stone, desert style plants and contemporary appeal of the house all tie in perfectly together. 

10. Mediterranean style

While we've considered all types of greenery and planters for our front gardens, it's only fair that we think about the built formations that make up this space. This stylish pebble wall suits the beachy, Mediterranean flair that this property exhibits. Designed by Lux4home, this front garden is a mix of interesting stone art and curved planter boxes. This is a really great look for the front gardens of those who want to feel as though they are on holiday 365 days of the year.

If you've enjoyed reading up on front garden ideas, we suggest the following ideabook to you: Landscaping for less: garden renovation ideas

What's your favourite garden idea from this list of 10? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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