Using a colourful planting design makes for a welcoming front garden that gives pleasure every time someone walks to the front door! Here in Hampstead Garden Suburb we abandoned the less attractive main area of lawn and what a difference it’s made!
Hampstead Garden Suburb Front Garden
The new planted bed is surrounded by a narrow gravel path. This sets off the colourful planting and makes access for maintenance very easy. The lawn to the other side of the path has been retained and has a small planting bed to echo the larger one.
Surprisingly, there is less maintenance in looking after the plants than a lawn which needs cutting every week as well as feeding and weeding to look good. The plants just need the spent flower heads removed to prolong the colourful planting. Weeds are suppressed as the planting takes over.
Evergreens for year round presence
Ferns, hebe rakaiensis, Lavandula Dutch Group (silvery foliage, long very fragrant flowers) and Heuchera ‘Tapestry’ (marbled leaves, pale pink foamy flowers) provide year round interest in the front garden.
Lilacs, purples and pinks
Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ ( silver leaf and tall lilac spires) , Veronicastrum sibiricum (tall with fingers of lilac spires), Rosa bonica (soft pink clusters all summer), Verbena bonariensis (tiny purple flowers on airy stems) provide softness at different heights. And its great for honey bees!
Penstemmon ‘Garnet’ has beautiful magenta foxglove-like flowers. The blooms appear over several months so give colourful planting over a long period.
The mops of white hydrangeas are elegant and stunning in their own right. White Geranium sanguineum and Gaura lindheimeri add further whiteness to provide contrast in the planting design.