When it comes to front and back gardens, it’s often the rear that takes precedence, with the front often neglected.
And while it’s true most people prioritise their back gardens as that’s the space they use, your front garden is a part of your home that can make a striking impression and add value when well designed and cared-for.
Here, we’ll look at some amazing front garden inspiration and give you some great tips to make that space as striking as the rest of your home…
How to design a front garden and add value
You’ve probably heard the term ‘kerb appeal’.
Estate agents like us use it all the time and it’s hugely important when selling your home.
The front of your property is the first thing buyers see when they arrive for a viewing and if it looks unkempt, uncared-for and shabby, that impression will last as they move through the rest of your home – even if the rest of it is pristine.
A well-kept, nicely designed front garden, however, can make a lasting positive impression and even add value to your home.
How much value can a front garden add?
Research suggests a properly designed and well-kept garden can add as much as 20% to the value of your house – and that includes your front space.
Improve your property’s kerb appeal
If you want to maximise your chances of making a good first impression on buyers, as well as potentially adding value to your home, get inspired by these great front garden ideas…
Front garden fence and hedging ideas: How to make a front garden more private
Adding clear, crisp lines to your front garden helps to establish it as a usable, attractive space in its own right.
And the best way to add those clear lines is through clever use of fencing and hedging.
Box hedging is a great way to create a decorative pathway to your front door and have a clear separation between your front lawn and pathway.
By installing fencing, too, you can show that you take privacy seriously and this is certain to appeal to buyers.
In the example above, a modern, low fence coupled with planting, adds a multiple layer of screening from the property next door, without being over-bearing.
Path and driveway ideas for front gardens
Paths and driveways are another part of your property’s front-facing exterior that can have a big impression on buyers.
An ageing driveway full of cracks is likely to be seen as a large expense by a buyer, while a DIY pathway with weeds growing intensely and slabs sticking up above others will also be off-putting.
Resin driveways aren’t the cheapest option, but they look fantastic and offer a low-maintenance, hard-wearing option that will stand the test of time.
The pathway to your front door, meanwhile, is a great opportunity to make a real statement.
And if you live in a period property, there are few better ways to do that than with sheeted ceramic tiles.
Small front garden ideas
Even if you only have a small area to work with, you can still make a huge impression with your front garden.
As well as making a statement with Victorian tiles, this property makes use of simple planting and additional hard-standing, which is both low maintenance and striking.
And if you have the age-old issue of where to store your bins, this solution helps you keep them hidden away, while also adding some stylish planting to your front garden.
If you’re a landlord, or thinking of investing in a rental property, providing a usable, easy-to-maintain garden space can be a huge draw for potential tenants.
Take a look at our guide, which tells you how you can improve your outdoor space to boost your rental yield.
When you’re selling, meanwhile, securing a buyer quickly can help you take your next step on the property ladder – and there’s plenty you can do to make your home sell faster, too.
Finally, did you know having a south-facing garden can add as much as £22,000 to your property’s value?
Have a read of our guide on south-facing gardens, which includes the advantages and disadvantages of owning one.