The front garden is the calling card of the house. The design of the front garden is also a foretaste of what to expect inside the house and at the back of the garden. Sometimes the design of the front garden can also be a job that is postponed every time. Because what are you actually doing in a front yard? Not a whole lot in most traditional front yards. A shame really, because there are really nice ideas for the front garden. Do you also want to tackle your front garden, but you have no inspiration for the design, and you don’t know how to start? Then read on quickly, because we have listed a number of great front garden ideas for you, including the latest trends of 2020!
1. The style: modern, rural or minimalist?
Which style will you choose for the front yard? Will it be a minimalist front garden that you don’t have to maintain much? A modern sleek garden with many modern materials? A rural garden with lots of greenery, such as trees, flowers, shrubs and crops? You could even grow vegetables and fruit in the front yard. A lot is possible. Everything depends on your personal taste and needs. But the size of your front garden and the style of your home can also play an important role. Do you have a new-build home? Then a sleek modern front garden with a driveway or carport is a good idea. If you have a 1930s house, a rural front garden with lots of green can be very nice.
2. Garden tiles
Garden tiles are very hot in the front garden. Nine out of ten people pave their front garden with garden tiles. With garden tiles you can furnish a very sleek modern front garden. But the main reason is that it is super easy to maintain. Garden tiles are also super versatile. You can use it to create a terrace, a walkway, an ornamental path and garden tiles are also perfect for a carport, for example.
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If you want to create more atmosphere and dynamism in the front garden, you could also use gravel. Gravel is very popular both for the backyard and the front yard. The nice thing is that you can do everything with gravel. For example, you can make an ornamental path, a walkway or even a complete terrace with gravel. The big advantage is that you can easily install it yourself. The goal is of great importance here. For example, with a walkway it is more sensible to lay a thicker layer of gravel than with an ornamental path. The same also applies if you drive your car or park in the front yard. It may be a good idea to use gravel slabs to ensure that it is smooth and smooth. Gravel also offers a number of other advantages. Gravel is relatively cheap, gravel has a draining effect, you can combine it very nicely, and gravel is very maintenance-friendly.
4. Wooden decking
Wooden decking can also be a good idea in the front yard. The planks give your front garden a modern, sleek look, and because it is made of wood, it also exudes a lot of warmth and atmosphere. You can choose from real wooden decking, but you can also opt for composite decking boards. The advantage of this is that you need much less maintenance than the real wooden decking boards. Real wooden decking boards do have a more natural look.
5. Walkway in front garden
If you have a large and especially wide front garden, there are many possibilities. The sides can be stylishly decorated with trees, flowers and other objects. In addition, it is useful to create a walkway that leads to your front door. Below you can see two very nice front gardens, where a walkway has been created with Portuguese tiles.
In the backyard, high fences are very desirable for privacy reasons. Although it is a little less important in the front yard, it can be nice to frame your front yard. Most people use low fences for this. This allows you to frame the front garden nicely, while your home and the front garden itself remain clearly visible. You have different types of fencing that you can use for that. For example, you have wooden garden fences of 40cm – 100cm high. In addition, you could also opt for very beautiful steel ornamental fences, which are available in different shapes, colors and sizes.
7. Fixed planters
Another great idea to frame the front yard is perennial planters. That way you kill two birds with one stone. You can also provide your front garden with plants and flowers. Do you want a sleek front garden? Then perennial planters are a good idea. With perennial planters, which you can make with garden tiles, concrete or wooden planks, for example, you give a front garden a very modern, sleek look.
8. Garden gate
If you want your front garden to be fully framed, you could do that with a garden port. These are often low doors, with which you can close the front garden. There are also many great ideas for this. Garden gates are not very pleasant for the postman, because they have to open and close the doors every time. But you don’t have to take that into account, right?
Instead of fences made of wood or steel, many people also choose hedges to protect their front garden. You have different types of hedges, which are ideal for this. For example, you can choose an evergreen or a deciduous hedge. Deciduous hedges lose their leaves in the winter, while evergreen hedges remain green in the winter. You have low hedges up to 75 cm high, such as the barberry Berberis thunbergii, tight hedges between 75 and 125 cm high, such as the Beech Fagus sylvatica, and highs that are higher than 125 cm, such as the field maple Acer campestre. The higher the hedges are, the more privacy and maintenance you have. For the front garden, low evergreen hedges of less than 75 cm are generally chosen.
10. Plants and flowers
Speaking of green, plants are of course also a very good idea for the front garden. If you are a true lover of greenery, you can think of climbing plants, for example, that you can grow along the front of your house. You can also opt for a low border section with various perennials and flower bulbs. If you want to keep it nice and green, the Artemisia absinthium, the Fragaria chiloense or the Stachys byzantina are very suitable. If you want more color in the form of colorful flowers, there are also plenty of options and ideas. Choose the purple Alpine aster, the yellow Alant, the cute Alpine gemker, the white Anemone, you name it. The choice is huge!
Do you like trees in the front yard? Of course you can. Fruit trees, for example, are very popular, such as the Apricot tree, the olive tree, the apple tree or the fig tree. The Cercis siliquastrum, also known for the Judas tree, is also very popular for the front garden.
12. Planters and plant pots
Do you not have a very large front garden, no problem? You can also decorate a small front garden with plants and flowers. You could use separate planters and / or plant pots for that. The big advantage is that planters and plant pots are very flexible. You can move and alternate them more easily. So you are not tied to it in your front garden. And planters and plant pots can also look very nice and decorative themselves.
Lighting can be a very good idea in the front yard. On the one hand to create more atmosphere, but lighting is also a method to protect your home against burglary. Burglars don’t like light. For a front garden you can think of pole lighting or wall lighting.
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A house with its own driveway is ideal. Then you will not have the problem that you have to look for a parking space close to the front door for a long time. As indicated above, you can design a driveway in various ways. Garden tiles are very suitable for this, but you could also lay the driveway with gravel.
If you have a driveway, it can’t be a bad idea to set up a carport right away. The big advantage of a carport is that your car can stay dry. Your car is therefore protected against wind and weather. But a covered carport can also be very nice for yourself, especially if it is set up at the front door. Then you never have to walk through the rain to your parked car again.
16. Bicycle shed
People with a backyard with a back entrance can park the bicycles in the backyard in the shed or garden house. But it is also very nice if you can do that in the front garden. Then you don’t have to go back every time. To set up a bicycle shed, you need some space in the front garden. Do you have a large front yard? Then a bicycle shed is always a good idea.
Do you have a large front garden, but you never actually cycle? Then you could use the space by creating a small pond. You don’t see it very often in the front yard, but with that you can distinguish yourself from all your neighbors. The front gardens with ponds below are designed by Gardener Erik Early.
Click bins are those big green waste bins that you often encounter in front gardens. They don’t look good, so you actually want them out of sight. You could do that by having a kind of conversion built in the front garden for the click bins. A kind of garden house or shed, where you can place the wheelie bins under. It can also be a good idea to combine this idea with a covered bicycle shed.
19. Sit in the front yard
When the weather is nice, most people are in the backyard . If you don’t have a backyard, but you do have a front yard, it can be a good idea to create a nice spot in the front yard so you can sit and chill there. Place a simple bench or a few garden chairs. And if you have a very large front garden, you could even make a complete lounge corner. Then it can be nice to protect your front garden well. This can also be a good idea if you do not have a sunny backyard, but a sunny front garden. There is also much more to see in the front yard!
20. Play in the front yard
Of course children cannot sit still, they just want to play. So it would be very nice for them if they could also do that in the front garden. A front garden is of course not as big as a backyard, but with a trampoline or a swing in the front garden you will undoubtedly make them very happy.
21. Vertical gardening
The front yard is usually smaller than the back yard. Rather a small front yard than a small backyard. The front garden is generally not really an outdoor space where you sit, unless you have a large front garden or no backyard at all. It’s a space you walk through to get to the front door. As small as it may be, green is behind a good idea. Do you really have very little space? Then vertical gardening can be the solution, using the wall or a fence. This can be a vertical planter, but you can also think of a nice decoration ladder against the wall, on which your plants hang.
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22. Plant border
A plant border is a strip in the floor that is intended for planting in the garden. This can be done in the backyard as well as in the front yard. The shape and size of course depend on the space. It can be a narrow rectangular strip, for example, running along the facade, but it can also be a large plant border, which you create in the middle of a large front garden. With a retaining band you make sure that it all looks tight. You can also opt for a raised edge, which creates a kind of perennial planter.
With a garden fence you ensure that your garden is separated from the garden of the neighbors. In the backyard it is an absolute must-have, but in the front garden it often happens that there is no choice at all for a partition. Some find a joint front garden nice or cozy. It is always something that should be discussed with the neighbors. The advantage is that the costs can be shared. Different types of partition are possible for the front garden. Depending on whether you want to separate it completely, you can choose a low or high garden fence. This can be a normal wooden fence, hedges, but a plant border with a raised edge can also be a nice idea.
24. Mobile planter
Do you want plants and flowers in the front garden, but you are not quite sure where you want to plant it. You don’t have to make this decision with mobile planters. You can always easily move it. If you don’t like it after a while, you could even delete it very easily. You could also use mobile planters as a garden partition. That way, under certain circumstances, such as when a joint party is being organized, you can merge the two front gardens by moving the planters.
25. Stacking blocks
Stacking blocks are very popular for the front yard. They are actually stones or tiles that you can stack on top of each other, so that you can create a wall. The wall is usually the upright edge of a large plant border or planter. Most people opt for a clean straight wall, but there are many more fun ideas you can create with stacking blocks. It can be a round wall, a wall, a high wall, two planters that are connected to each other, a wall whose top blocks are planters, you name it.
If you have a very large front garden, it can be very nice to choose grass. A beautiful green lawn gives your front garden a beautiful natural and rural look. The disadvantage is that you have to maintain grass regularly. Once in a while you have to mow and water the lawn, otherwise it can look very unkempt. In the front garden it stands out a lot more than in the back garden. Ornamental grass are also super beautiful.
If you have a garage in the front yard, it will definitely affect the design. This also depends on how you use the garage. Do you use it to park your car every day? Or do you use the garage more as a storage room or a shed. If that is the case, then you also have to take less account of the space in front of the car. If you really use the garage to park your car, you often have space in front of your facade to do something fun with it. It’s a bit similar if you have a front yard with a driveway.
28. Kliko partition
Clicks are those big green and dark gray waste bins that are placed either in the backyard or in the front yard. They are not the most beautiful objects, so you prefer to have them as little as possible in sight. You can hide the clickos in the front yard with a partition. This can be a simple fence, a hedge or, as you can see in the examples below, beautiful mobile planters.
29. Front door
When designing the front garden, it is not only about the garden itself, but you also have to take the front door into account, for example. You may not think about it first, but a different door can have a huge impact on the look of your front garden. Give your door a different color or go for a whole new door. Other nice details that you can think of at the front door are, for example, the house number plates and name plates. Some designs are super beautiful!
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A doormat is a must have. Most people have the doormat inside the hall, just after the front door. But a front door in the front yard can also be fun. Then everyone can wipe their feet outside before they go in with their dirty shoes. A nice doormat also gives your front garden a very nice and cozy look.
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