Ruth's front garden update
Creating a colourful and inviting entrance
Creating a colourful and inviting entrance
Ruth and her partner decided to set themselves a small but mighty update to their front garden. They wanted to level the area and make the space more manageable.
This was originally a typical new build front garden laid with lawn and a central paved pathway leading to the door on a slight slope. Due to the quality of the soil and shaded areas the lawn between the drive and the path was not taking particularly well. It would also become very muddy in winter as the drain cover (pictured) was having to be used as a stepping stone between the drive to the front door. Mowing was also difficult due to the uneven ground and the slight slope which meant they couldn't get a smart finish.
Ruth looked at the overall aesthetics and found areas that could be improved. The existing planted areas were overgrown and merged into the lawn. She saw this as an opportunity to make a clean line to separate the lawn and the border, replacing the plants to be more in keeping with the style of her home. The lawn quality between the pathway and the drive was exceptionally poor, raised beds would make a great solution and provide space for more plants.
Knowing the areas that they wanted to improve, and how they wanted to use the space, they were able to make some conceptual sketches of the area, and select the option which seemed low maintenance, and aesthetically appealing.
Ruth sent some sketches to our Design Team and they set about creating a Design Pack which included diagrams of how WoodBlocX could be used to achieve the design she wanted and also the costs involved. The design included a low-level raised bed with an adjoining retaining wall section to create a new step and a C-shaped garden border which would utilise the wall of the house.
Ruth said: "We were hugely impressed with the quality and simplicity of WoodBlocX. The design fit perfectly within the area available. Being a new-build garden we found that the base was full of concrete, so we didn't put as many metal pegs in as we would have liked, however the planter remains sturdy and secure. We are planning our back garden and have already decided to use WoodBlocX again!
"The garden took a weekend to dig out the area, build the planters and extend the patio. We took our time planning out the plants, and slowly added them over the next weekends. The plants are still a working progress, to ensure we have blooms throughout the seasons."
With both the raised bed and the border against the house Ruth and her partner needed to submerge some of the base of the structures into the slope which as worked really well. The front garden is now an attractive, low maintenance and functional space.
We were really impressed with Ruth's planting choices and asked her to share her tips for choosing plants for an ornamental raised bed or border.
When planning out our planters, we were keen to have a range of textures, shapes and colour to provide interest and soften the clean lines of the new build brickwork throughout the year, whilst being relatively low maintenance. Our first focus was on the spring / summer planting, with aim to bring in a variety of bulbs in the autumn to bloom in the winter months.
With a little bit of research we knew we needed a balance of shapes from spikes, mounds and fillers. We decided on strong vertical structures as accent plants (15%), with mound forming soft amorphous plants (40%) to accompany the vertical structures. Finally a base layer of filler plants to tie the planting plan together.
In terms of colour pallet, we wanted soft colours to compliment the aesthetics of the front of our home. We are drawn to whites, greens with pops of purples and blues as a classic pallet.
For Spring/ Summer Ruth introduced:
Seasonal bulbs that we intend to plant in late autumn will be a blend of tulips, alliums and Iris to flower throughout the winter/ spring.
Ruth's garden is a great example of how our modular system can solve garden problems using a mixture of different types of WoodBlocX structure. Our Free Design Service is ideal for helping you map out how you can use your space more effectively.