Front gardens: design inspiration

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.

Quick facts

  • Keep paving to a minimum
  • Use permeable paving materials
  • Grow plants where you can't park; any dead space
  • Get creative. It is possible to park and garden
  • Provide a home for wildlife with your plants
  • Keep dust and pollution on the street with a hedge

Striking a balance

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. 

Design inspiration gallery

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.

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