The front garden, which is just 42 square meters in size, is divided into two levels – the slope is a design challenge. We have two design ideas.
The monotonous gray paved area in front of the house bothers the owners who have just taken over the property. The access path to the entrance should look blooming. They also want more structure and a sheltered seat for the sunny area.
Suggestion 1: Inviting front yard with lots of details
Clear shapes and naturalness characterize the first idea. In this variant, the front area has been changed and the edge has been straightened so that the upper area gains more surface. The gray pavement was dismantled and the area covered with gravel, in which tread plates of different lengths were laid.
The porcelain flower Por Clarence Elliott ’is planted in the gravel. It can cope with extreme conditions such as dryness and warmth. Rectangular Corten steel raised beds at different heights loosen up the front garden, as does the perennial planting with candytuft, lupine, columbine, stone whorl and striped riding grass. Form cut elements such as the half-height yew hedge, the hornbeam trellis trees on the lower garden border and the small yew balls in the beds provide a calm balance.
The choice for the house tree fell on the multi-stemmed snowflake shrub, which with its height of three meters is well suited for small gardens. Because of his beautiful shape he definitely deserves a place as a soloist and was placed right next to the path. When it blooms in June, it resembles a white cloud. In its eaves area, the small candytuft ‘dwarf snowflake’ forms dense mats that turn into a white carpet of flowers in April and May.
An evergreen snowball is planted on the lower level, which with its green structures is also an asset in winter. Under the trellis trees that characterize the room, the white flowering precious peony ‘Elsa Sass’ sets noble accents – the steppe sage ‘Amethyst’ ensures looseness.
Suggestion 2: An entree full of flowers and fragrance
The left area was planted in strips like a lavender field for a year-round beautiful sight. For more variety and a longer flowering period, splendid candles and holy herbs also grow there. Its silvery leaf horns can be cut into shape just as nicely as those of the lavender. The lavender variety ‘Lumières des Alpes’, translated as “light of the Alps”, has long flower spikes and is very robust. For the splendid candle, we chose the white selection ‘Cool Breeze’. It grows compact and is considered to be profuse.
A scented jasmine, also known as false jasmine or common pipe bush, grows at the end of the flower field. It blooms from May to June and reaches heights of two to four meters. From the other side, the small seat is spoiled by the scent of the English rose ‘Graham Thomas’. A glass wall serves as fall protection and a small, round table underlines the cozy atmosphere. There are rose obelisks along the way for a little privacy. The yellow flowers of ‘Graham Thomas’ shine from June to October.
The yellow flowers of the holy herb and the light yellow girl’s eye ‘Full Moon’ – a vigorous and healthy novelty in the perennial range also ensure a sunny impression in the front yard. It goes well with the lavender and the blue shell flowers of the cranesbill ‘Johnson’s Blue’, an excellent ground cover. It blooms until August – then together with purple dwarf buddleia and bright purple smooth-leaf aster ‘Royal Ruby’. The evergreen Ilex balls and the ball robinia are beautiful all year round. To keep their crown compact, they can be completely pruned every three to four years in spring.
The path to the house consists of a mixture of rumpled concrete blocks that are a bit reminiscent of natural stones. It is bordered on the left by a row of paving stones and on the right by a low stone wall. The bed behind it is a little higher. If you want to take a little breather in the sun on your way home when you come home, turn onto the narrow path towards the seat.