Would really value some recommendations - we've moved into our first house with a garden and am totally clueless! The front garden is small and gravelled with a few random bushes that I've cut back. I would love to smarten it up. Gravel will stay but any recommendations or ideas re tubs, troughs, plants would be much appreciated. It's an Edwardian semi and the garden is east facing and seems quite shady. Thanks, any advice appreciated.
East facing edwardian semi with gravel sounds lovely
Thoughts: the colours of the plants and gravel need to harmonise or contrast, any way , to present a pleasing appearance something of interest needs to be there in all seasons scent is nice
so I'm thinking spring=snowdrops, crocuses, wallflowers, sarcocca, winter jasmine summer=bearded iris, lavender, lilium regale if room, oregano. late summer=asters, fuschia, or if warm and sunny enough, calla lilies
If grey gravel choose purply/burgundy/blue plants if yellow gravel choose yellow and white plants
What style do you like? Are you looking for a low maintenance, smart front that you need do nothing to, or is this a major outdoor space that you want to use in different ways? (I realise not everyone has a back garden!)
There are some absolute masterpieces of Japanese zen gardening that are characteristically tiny. Yet perfect. They often combine a feature shrub or tree with topiary shapes, water and rock, often using a very, very muted colour palette of greens. Because the space is small, attention is all on the detail - everything is very carefully trained and placed.