Our front garden is a bit of a disaster zone. We’re thinking of moving in 18 months’ time and need to tart up the garden to increase ‘kerb appeal’.
The house is a late Victorian semi-detached - the garden’s about 4-5 metres from the house to front wall
The good bits: we have a lovely (and intact) black and white tile Victorian path to the front door with lavender bushes to the side and a mature passion fruit creeper around the porch. The front door has the original stained glass.
The bad: the rest of it ... horrible, cheap terracotta tiles underneath the front bay window and on the path from the back garden door; the bulk of the garden itself is gravel; the front wall is the original but it’s the type of ‘builders’ rubble’ wall, rendered and painted white with red brick gate posts (not original) and cheap cast iron gates. There’s a vent just behind the wall which according to the water company is no longer connected to anything so we can cut it down/cap it but nothing grows in the soil immediately around it. We got fed up of the sickly privet which was behind the wall so got rid of that a while ago and haven’t worked out how to replace it.
We don’t want to spend a fortune on it so would love some inspiration please (gardening is so not my thing ,,)
Just for starters you could change the gate for a wooden one or more in keeping metal one. How about making a raised bed with relaimed bricks in the middle and planting a topiary tree. Without a picture is difficult to imagine. Alternatively look on Pinterest, search for front gardens. Lots of good ideas there.
I would get some pots as others have said (maybe glazed pots in naice colours as it isnt really flower season and a bit of colour would be lovely). I would repair and repaint the wall in a less harsh colour - maybe buff/brown/sage green to help it blend in.
Thanks everyone - the house itself is lovely (I know I’m biased but it really is!) but I didn’t want the front garden to ‘let it down’ if you see what I mean. One of my friends had her front garden done up by one of those garden companies specialising in Victorian front gardens - it cost her £10K and it’s only half the size of ours...
We’ll do a bit of painting/pot planting and keep our fingers crossed!
Yes, you could spend a fortune on it to make it lovely
If you’re not selling for 18 months there’s no point in weeding and topping up the gravel until about a month before - if you do it you will have to keep on top of it as unless you add a membrane under the gravel properly it will keep growing through.
A nice new gate would cost about £1k, a new wall in reclaimed brick (which would be lovely obviously) about £5k -would match the house
All of the expensive stuff might be really worth it if the house is already expensive
It does look unloved but it won’t take too much work or money to make it lovely. You don’t need an expensive contractor either. I’d do the following: tidy up the wall-fill in + repaint and keep moss/mess free Top up the gravel and keep it weeded and free of dead leaves etc Add a bin enclosure- looks like your bins are on show at the mo? Add a bit of greenery - a hedge right behind the wall to add height and make the house look less exposed, add a hedge/lavender etc along the path + space permitting, a bay tree underplanted with some pretty seasonal stuff (change mine 3 times a year - not much faff but it looks smart and fresh). Some picks to illustrate the ideas