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Even the smallest space can be green and inviting, while providing room for a car or two. These simple design solutions show you how.
Although there is room to park, plants feature heavily in this garden. There is a small tree, a diverse range of perennial plants in the beds and permeable gravel paving. However, there's still room for climbers up the walls.
Front gardens help turn our towns and cities into green and pleasant places to be. Yet many are being paved over to provide parking for the millions of cars we own in Great Britain. RHS research found that almost a quarter of the front gardens are now completely paved.
These are design solutions taken from real life and flower shows to help you create an attractive garden complete with off-street parking. Further design ideas can be found on our page on designing front gardens.
For more information on what and how to plant front gardens, see our guide: Front gardens: planting.
Crazy Paving: The environmental importance of London’s front gardens (London Assembly)
Ealing Front Gardens Project
Front gardens: designing
Front gardens: permeable paving
Front gardens: planting
Guidance on the permeable surfacing of front gardens
43 reasons not to pave
How to green your grey front garden
Planning Portal: Paving your Front Garden
RHS Front Gardens booklet
RHS Gardening in a changing world
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