The existing front garden had been paved over to provide off-street parking. The new owner wanted to restore the front garden to create a new low maintenance garden with year round interest and for this to be in keeping with the period of the house.
Mediterranean planting was ideal for this south facing garden which is a real sun trap. The half standard olive trees and lavender flanking the path to the front door provide year round structure and both are evergreen. The scent of lavender provides a tranquil entrance to the house and is stunning in May through to July when it turns into a haze of purple.
A small crab apple tree creates a focal point in front of the living room window and explodes into a profusion of pink tipped buds that open as white flowers in spring. This is followed by a bright green leafy canopy protecting the planting underneath from the strong sun in summer and has striking red fruit in autumn that are retained in the winter when the weeping habit of the tree is an attractive foil for a snowy winter scene. The flower bed beneath is planted seasonally and edged with evergreen box to keep the look neat and tidy.
The black and white tiled path is key to the authenticity of this Victorian property.
…Well I have to admit that this is my front garden and I was delighted when it won the award for “Best Low Maintenance Front Garden” shortly after it was built.