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How To Plan Landscaping In Front Of House

plan landscaping in front of house

When many people decorate the inside of their homes they take each room as it comes, but designing a garden is very different.

Landscaping a garden is more like building a house than it’s like designing a room. You need to get a full picture of what you want to achieve and consider how each element is going to impact the last. 

Garden landscaping can be a daunting prospect but it’s a very rewarding pursuit. Once you nail the basics, you’ll likely find that the whole project comes to together. 

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, our guide to how to plan landscaping in the front of your house will walk you through the critical steps so you can focus on achieving the front garden of your dreams!

Step One: Get a Lay of the Land

The first step is the most important one – mapping your garden!

You may think that you know what your garden looks likes but taking a step back and getting a lay of the land can be very revealing. 

You might notice that you garden slopes off to one side, that your front door isn’t in the centre of your garden, or that there’s a fallout shelter hidden below your feet (people have found some very strange things in their gardens!).

Creating a landscaping map before you get started will give you a reference point to go back to and a better picture of the kind of ground size and slope that you have to play with. 

plan landscaping in front of house

After adding the surfaces and features, it’s time to look at where the best places are for flower beds to go. You can look at lining your driveway with flowers, putting flower beds around the exterior of your home, or using standalone beds elsewhere in your garden

Step Two: Plan Your Garden Surfaces

For great garden landscaping it can help to work out where the biggest things are going to go first. For most front gardens, this means planning where the garden paths and driveway are going to go. 

The size and design of the driveway will influence a lot of other design features. If you choose a u-shaped driveway, for example, you’ll have a large patch of central space to design. A driveway off to one side, in contrast, will mean that you have to design the other side of the garden. 

Choosing a highly customisable driveway type, like a resin bound driveway, will also give you a colour palette to work with. Resin driveways can be installed in a range of stone colours, so you can go bold, vibrant, subtle, or traditional and use that style to design the rest of your garden. 

With resin bound surfaces, you can also get your garden paths and patio installed using the same material, for a great sense of consistency. At this stage it is worth taking your landscaping map and sketching out your ideal driveway and path placement. 

plan landscaping in front of house

Adding one or two features into your design will give you another base to work off with your landscaping design-as well as adding a distinctive draw for the eye!

Step Three: Think About Garden Features

The next step involves planning out any other large features that you want to include in your garden, such as central features for the middle of u-shaped driveways, or grand entrance gates with modern fencing options. 

Garden features are going to instantly draw the eye, so they are a great area in which to get creative. The best garden features can range from large and spectacular water fountains to modern focal points, like statues. 

plan landscaping in front of house

Landscaping doesn’t have to be difficult when you break it down to manageable steps and enlist a little help. If you would like help starting your front garden landscaping with the best garden surfaces, then Home Logic are the right service to call!

Step Four: Decide on Your Planting Area

Plants are a feature of most front gardens; they can be a bold and colourful or subtle, it’s up to you. However, they will likely play a big part in your landscaping. 

After adding the surfaces and features, it’s time to look at where the best places are for flower beds to go. You can look at lining your driveway with flowers, putting flower beds around the exterior of your home, or using standalone beds elsewhere in your garden.

Getting a good mix of grass and cleared surface to planted areas is essential to create landscaping that is going to be easy to maintain. 

Step Five: Add the Finishing Touches 

The final step is to add in the last little touches that bring your whole garden together. You could think about creative lighting solutions, garden ornaments, decorative flower pots, or the right door mat for your home. 

These little touches aren’t going to define your landscaping, but they can add a playful side to your garden, help you to achieve that modern look, or bring traditional elements together.

Landscaping doesn’t have to be difficult when you break it down to manageable steps and enlist a little help. If you would like help starting your front garden landscaping with the best garden surfaces, then Home Logic are the right service to call. 

You can get into contact with one of the excellent designers at Home Logic via phone on 0800 1700 636, or our online enquiry form, where a driveway expert will get back to you as soon as possible!