Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Revamp your Front Garden!

Front gardens tend to get overlooked, regarded as driveways, with homes needing some parking space. However, by adding some plants you can improve the environment, encourage wildlife and increase ‘curb’ appeal.

Firstly, look at driveways and paths. Are they covered in weeds, cracked and in need of repair? Stepping stones, gravel and brick-paving are low-maintenance options. Pavers are fine, but leave room for borders at the sides, under windows or corners. Try to only slab the area used for parking.

 A 5cm gap between pavers will help take water and can be planted with ground cover plants. However small your driveway, there is always room for a container or two, or even a climber, like Jasmine or Clematis which can wind its way up a wall.


Maybe plant a hedge, or put containers on steps to the front door, even a porch can have a container. How about hanging baskets, a herb wall planter or a trellis for sweet peas?

Opt for easy-care or indigenous plants in the front garden to ensure it takes very little work to keep it looking good!

The plants that will thrive in the front garden depends on whether it is sunny, semi-shaded or shaded. Choose plants that will thrive in the conditions you have and the world is your oyster!

Scented herbs and perennials will smell sublime when you arrive home! Evergreens will look fabulous all year and plants with colourful leaves and flowers will brighten up bare areas. 

Any small trees, shrubs and flowers provide food and shelter for wildlife, help cool the atmosphere and filter out polluted air.
Now you have the best of both worlds, an attractive front garden and parking space!

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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