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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

How to create a practical and beautiful front garden for a growing family?

I planted up my E5 Family Front garden design this week. A project first conceived way back in March 2021, has seen a new member of the family added since it's inception.

My clients now have a front garden which has an abundance of kerb appeal and practical storage for their growing family.

My E5 Family Front Garden completed

E5 Family Front Garden - the vision

Before, the front garden was dark and unappealing with a large Silver Birch tree, which, whilst lovely, was blocking a lot of the light coming from the South into the garden. There was an ugly concrete front wall and an impractical and slippery front path. There were no plants in the garden and no storage for bikes or bins.


My design includes a new brick front and side wall with bespoke Art Nouveau style railings and gate (T brown & sons) and a riven sandstone path and steps providing a non slip entrance to the house. Practical storage inlcudes a bespoke bin store (The Bin Store Company) giving easy access to the bins and a 4 bike store with a drought resilient sedum roof (The Brighton Bike Sheds).

Bespoke railings and sleek storage add to the kerb appeal of this garden

E5 Family Front Garden - 3D Visualisation

Planting is maximised to be viewed from the street and living room window with a well proportioned Amelanchier lamarckii tree providing 3 season interest and tall herbaceous perennials including Japanese Anemones and Actaea simplex providing colour and movement. Evergreen jasmine softens the railings and a Wisteria around the doorway provides a fragrant welcome to the house.

Planting is maximised behind the railings to create a pleasing view from the street

Wisteria to be trained around the door for a fragrant welcome to the house

Thank you to my fantastic landscapers Nordland Landscapes and How Green Nursery for the lovely plants.

I look forward to seeing this garden mature over the Summer. Good news is it's around the corner from me so I go past all the time.


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