Do-it-yourself front garden: where to start the design and what to look for?
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A do-it-yourself front garden is a visiting card of a private house, the first thing that is paid attention to. It must be unique and attract attention. To achieve such a result, you will have to spend a lot of effort and learn a lot. So, how to arrange a front garden in front of the house? Consider the highlights and recommendations of design professionals.
The front garden is the first thing they pay attention to
The front garden should be beautiful and attract attention
To decorate the front garden beautifully, use the recommendations of specialists
Where to start registration
The front garden can be either open or closed. The open one is visible to all people passing by it, and the closed one is intended to delight the owners of the house and their guests. If there is a desire to make the front garden in front of the house beautiful both inside and outside, then you should think over an original transparent hedge.
First of all, you need to decide on the size of the ornamental garden. Here you will have to take into account the area of the house. A front garden with a width of 2/3 of the height of the building looks perfect.
The next step will be planning. Better to draw a small plan of the garden with dimensions. Do not miss this moment, since the entire site must be fully thought out..
It is better to plant shrubs and tall plants closer to the front of the house. The garden as a whole should resemble a river valley, in the role of which a path or path is released. The shrub is also allowed to be used as a fence around the front garden. The enclosed space can be of any shape. If there is a blank wall, it should be beaten by planting a tall tree next to it..
The garden can be open or closed
First of all, it is recommended to draw a diagram of the garden.
What does the front garden consist of?
Now it’s worth figuring out what can be located on the front garden. It most often includes:
- flower beds;
- arches of flowers;
- design compositions;
- original picket fence.
All elements must be organically combined with the architecture of the house, become its unique decoration.
Flowers are a mandatory attribute of the garden.
The front garden should be in harmony with the house
The front garden should be a unique decoration of the house
After the plan of the front garden has been determined, it is necessary to choose a design style. Consider several popular destinations.
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The style is characterized by delicate light floral arrangements. A nice forged fence decorated with climbing plants will be a good addition..
Coniferous plants, compositions from natural stones are in the center of attention. They must be different in shade and size..
Such a flower bed is characterized by soft colors, multi-tiered forms. The main fence is stones.
The easiest style to perform is distinguished by the presence of perennial plants. A wooden fence is more often used as a fence..
The main feature of such a front garden is the ability to move. This is because virtually all plants are planted in tubs or containers. The lamp will be a good addition. Such a front garden will be a good addition to the recreation area. Plants can surround chairs, a table, a playground.
The choice here should be stopped on unusual plants, natural stones.
The picket fence adds coziness to the front garden, but in some cases you can do without it. It all depends on the chosen style, the filling of the garden. The picket fence can be replaced with a hedge.
In addition to the fact that a certain style is inherent in the garden, the front gardens are divided into two more types by design.
- Russians are distinguished by rich colors, bright appearance, decorated with painted motives, artistic elements, figurines.
- European design is characterized by neat strict lawns, well-defined garden paths.
First of all, you need to choose the style of the garden.
Russians prefer bright flowers
There are several rules for choosing plants for your front garden design. First of all, qualified specialists advise paying attention to the following factors.
- Determine the sun exposure of the front garden. Some flowers are considered light-loving (chamomile, phlox, asters, peonies), while others bloom perfectly in dark areas (forget-me-nots).
- Consider the timing of flowering plants. If you want to get a blooming front garden for the entire summer season, then you should pick flowers that bloom at different times.
- For a harmonious appearance of the garden, you should choose plants of different heights. At the same time, the higher ones are planted closer to the fence or wall of the house..
- It is also worth paying attention to the life expectancy of plants. Distinguish between annual, biennial and perennial.
Competent adherence to the described rules will allow you to get a beautiful front garden that will delight the owners with its blooming appearance all summer. At the same time, perennial plants are not recommended to be planted very densely, since they have the ability to grow over time. First, between them, to take up space, you can plant annual flowers..
There are several rules for choosing plants for front garden design.
When choosing plants, consider their flowering time.
Perennial plants should be diluted with annuals
It will not be difficult to choose flowers that bloom all summer. These can be phloxes, roses (including spray ones), hydrangeas. These plants are perennial. For one season, you can plant petunias, cosmos. The main thing is to choose a color scheme and provide flowers with timely care..
If you don’t have time to tinker a lot with the flower beds, then you can plant unpretentious plants. For example, irises, peonies, calendula.
But in any case, a lot of attention will have to be paid to composing the composition. It is imperative that a do-it-yourself front garden has a central element, which is the focus of the entire flower bed. More often, a shrub, a beautiful tree, and a sculpture are chosen for this role. Smaller components are placed around the host plant to create the desired background. Do not forget that background plants should not overshadow the main.
It won’t be difficult to choose flowers that bloom all summer
The flowerbed should have a central element on which all attention is concentrated.
Creating a fence
The appearance of the flower beds also depends on the fence. Do not overlook the correct selection of a fence. Most often, it also serves as a decorative function. Landscaping designers offer a large selection of fences to complement the overall composition in an original way..
- Wrought iron grilles on the windows of the house will go well with a metal low fence.
- Wooden picket fence will add coziness to any front garden.
- A wicker fence to decorate a rustic garden.
- A neat wooden fence will always look stylish and original. Especially if it is evenly painted and supplemented with decorative elements..
- In specialized stores you can buy interesting plastic fences..
- Natural stone always makes stylish fences that do not require much maintenance.
When choosing a picket fence, you should remember: not only trained professionals can create a beautiful front garden. To get a good result, it is enough to carefully think over each element, choose wisely the choice of plants and devote time to them..
Background plants should not overshadow the main
The main thing is to choose a color scheme and provide flowers with timely care.
The appearance of flower beds often depends on the fence.
Front garden decoration
As a rule, when decorating a front garden, it is not enough to plant flowers, trees, shrubs. An excellent addition can be an original path from the gate to the porch of the house and various buildings on the territory. If it is decided to plant lush flower beds around the path, then they are placed so that the width of the path does not visually decrease and, walking around the garden, no one touches the flowers.
Lighting is an important stage in the design of the site. It’s good if the soft backlight turns on in the evening. Appliances can be placed directly in flower beds.
Figurines and garden figurines can be a great addition. But they must be combined with the general style..
Garden decoration does not end with the planting of flowers. You can make a small lake
Figurines, garden figurines can be a great addition.
Sculptures in the garden can be made of stone, wood, clay. Instead of sculptures, you can simply use compositions of natural stones of different sizes. Often, when decorating a front garden, figures of animals, fairy-tale heroes are used. They are available in a large assortment in garden supply stores. You can also make them yourself from scrap materials..
There should not be a lot of decorations on the site. They should complement the overall composition, and not overload with the number of shapes and bright colors. Plants are still in the spotlight.
Sculptures on the garden plot can be made of stone, wood, clay
There should not be a lot of decorations on the front garden. They shouldn’t obscure the big picture.
Plants must be in the spotlight
Advantages and disadvantages
Sometimes the owners of private houses do not understand why front gardens are needed and what are their benefits. Let’s take a look at their main advantages..
- A decorative garden in front of the house will allow you to hide the building from random passers-by.
- On the territory of the flower bed, you can install a mailbox.
- On the front garden you can find a place for a playground. Sometimes a swing is enough and, for example, a playhouse or a sandbox (you will have to think over its installation so that the sand does not crumble).
- Among the landings, you can successfully disguise garbage containers.
- Fruit and berry plants can also be planted on the territory of the front garden..
- The ability to hide certain flaws on the facade of the house, to emphasize the chosen style.
There is only one drawback to creating a front garden: the need to constantly care for the plants, to keep the garden in order.
Using the front garden, you can hide the imperfections of the site
Wicker flowers will perfectly complement the overall picture of the garden
Small front garden
If the area on the territory for the front garden is small, then you should not be upset. It is also really possible to make it beautiful and spectacular. The accent can be made on the original wicker fence or a wooden fence and equip a miniature peasant yard on the site.
A small artificial pond will help to visually enlarge the space. But the tree will act in the opposite way..
Whatever decision is made regarding the design of a personal plot, the main thing to remember is that all vegetation requires timely care. Otherwise, all beauty will look neglected and overgrown with weeds. The style of the garden must necessarily be combined with the architecture of the house, be its continuation.
Expert opinion Alina Kvileva.
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