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What to do with front garden....any ideas...

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LilMissSunshine9 Sun 19-May-13 22:25:01

My front garden consists of a driveway for single, a pathway leading to driveway and the rest is lawn.

I'm considering getting rid of the lawn too much upkeep for me and I don't particularly like it. Whats best

1) putting in some raised beds for flowers and gravel the rest - not pea gravel as there are lots of cats in the area thinking slate chippings or granite chippings

2) block paving with raised beds for flowers

The cost is a slight consideration but looking for your thoughts on what you would prefer...

LilMissSunshine9 Sun 19-May-13 22:25:26

There is a picture of the front of my house on my profile

oscarwilde Mon 20-May-13 12:14:22

What direction does the front of the house face?
Do you want parking for two cars or not bothered?

Your council probably has restrictions about putting a block finish down, that combined with the cost of raised beds [and the hassle of watering the], means I wouldn't bother myself.

Couple of nice big beds with low maintenance drought proof planting like lavender, and gravel would be v pretty.
Have you seen this

LilMissSunshine9 Mon 20-May-13 21:03:20

Not sure on which way it faces but when the sun is high up there is plenty of sunshine coming through.

I am not bothered about parking for two cars as I have a garage, driveway and then there is parking outside on the pavement too.

I checked with council they said as long as it is permeable for water to soak through it would be ok, I heard there is block paving that allows for this but might be wrong.

My raised beds weren't going to be too high, I was just going to get some Everedge to seperate the soil from gravel, so I guess it is a little bit raised. I don't mind watering flowers its more the lawn.

I have looked on the Crocus page before but not seen that service so its look cheap so will give it a go for a nice design. I was looking to get a garden designer in but cost was too much so figured if I go down the gravel root I could design and do it all myself.

Thanks for your comments they are helpful.

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