DESIGN IDEAS FOR FRONT GARDENS

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Front garden as a welcome area

of the house

The front garden is widely regarded as the flagship of a house and gives a first impression of who is at home here. Therefore, the area in front of the house should be extensively planned and designed inviting to please and welcome residents and guests twelve months a year.

For example, a straight-lined front garden with a simple design language suits a modern city house, while a house in the countryside harmonizes better with playful shapes and colorful design elements. When planning the front garden for a terraced house, you should also take a look over the garden fence and look for a coherent overall solution with your neighbors. In principle, however, sufficient space must always be planned for waste containers, bicycles and possibly parking spaces. And an easily accessible mailbox stele is also indispensable. The threshold between public and private areas should therefore be well planned. And you should not forget about the maintenance of the design elements. So less is often more. We will show you in detail how you can use our high-quality products to customize your front garden and what you should definitely pay attention to.

Design elements for a successful front garden - overview

Whether you want to completely redesign your front yard or are just looking for a few ideas to tweak: There’s sure to be something for you in the following front yard design ideas! Are you specifically looking for design ideas for small front gardens? Or you are spoilt for choice because you have a lot of space available?Then we have put together a few ideas to make your front garden a real welcome area and a place to feel good.

Elements for front garden design

  • Please enter – garden doors
  • Protection from the street – fences
  • Elegant eye-catcher – privacy screen elements
  • Stylish storage space – trash can boxes, mailbox pedestals and parcel boxes
  • Clean path guidance – path boundary tapes
  • Clear view – outdoor luminaires
  • Green for the front garden – planters and co.
  • Please take a seat – benches and garden furniture
  • Water in the garden – fountain systems

Design examples and care of the objects

Please enter

Garden doors

A garden door provides protection from unwanted visitors, but at the same time it is the entrance portal on the way to the front door. Depending on the desire for privacy, the garden doors can be planned either as a low element – the standard is 90 centimeters – or as a high, view-shielding door with a height of 180 centimeters.
However, special dimensions are always possible. The garden doors can be designed opaque with closed door leaves or with individual – applied or lasered – motifs, e.g. house number or name, as an eye-catcher. If you prefer more open, you can also choose a passage gate, which can be covered with roses or other climbing plants.

Protection from the street

Fences

As protection and screening towards the sidewalk or street, individual fence systems with garden doors can be erected. Both serve to keep unwanted visitors away from the sensitive entrance area and create some privacy at the threshold between public and private space.

At the same time, fences also serve to protect small children or pets, which even in unsupervised moments can not run into the street.

Elegant eye catcher

Privacy screen elements

You can achieve visual privacy with privacy screens such as motif walls, firewood shelves or a frame privacy screen that can be filled individually. The elements can be built up as a closed wall, but also unfold their effect as a loose design element.

All privacy screen elements create more privacy in small and larger front gardens with little effort and can be combined great with stone columns and shrubs. There are hardly any limits to your ideas here!

Our Tip:
Make sure that their decorative privacy elements form a harmonious overall picture with the planting in all seasons. This is true in winter, when leafless shrubs and grasses dominate the garden scene and the privacy screen elements come to the fore, but it is just as true in summer with lush leafy greenery, towering inflorescences and colorful variety. It’s best to seek the advice of a professional when planning your garden and planting.

Stylish storage space

Storage options

One would prefer to do without them, but unfortunately there is no way around them. We are talking about garbage cans! They must be easily accessible from the house as well as from the street. At the same time, however, they should also be stored in a visually appealing way. Both can be solved by placing the trash cans, for example, behind
conceals privacy screen elements. Alternatively, you can also set up selected shapely garbage can boxes, in which the bin can be easily stored. Then the box itself becomes an eye-catcher and design element in the front garden.

Another indispensable front garden object are mailboxes. This could be mounted on the wall either directly next to the front door. Easier for the mailman, however, are mailbox steles placed directly on the boundary between the sidewalk and the front yard. Anyone who receives or wants to ship packages more frequently should consider a metal parcel box. The boxes serve as storage space for packages when no one is at home. Near these boxes should not grow brambles or thorn bushes and poisonous plants.

Clean path

Path delimitation strips

If you want to show a clear edge in your front garden, we recommend you to border and edge your paths and flower borders with metal path border strips. This is easily accomplished and helps to delineate surfacing areas from planting areas. This creates a visual boundary between sensitive planting areas and paths, and signals that planting areas should not be walked on. In addition, the narrow metal strip prevents seepage from the borders from running onto the path surfaces and contaminating the pavement.

Our tip: Did you know that bands of corten steel form an almost insurmountable obstacle for snails? The rust contains small amounts of copper. This is enough to oxidize the slime of the snail and makes the voracious little animals turn off right away.

Clear view

Outdoor lights

Outdoor luminaires provide a clear path and, with the right lighting installation, bring mood to the front yard. For example, you can use bollard lights to illuminate paths and create targeted lighting effects. In addition, the illumination of dark paths and corners of the garden protects against burglars and conveys
a sense of security. We will be happy to answer your questions about our outdoor lights in your (front) garden. Simply contact us for this without obligation!

Green for the front garden

Planters

Especially in small front yards where space is at a premium, planters, planters or planter rings can be used to create clearly defined islands of trees, flowers and perennials. Metal planters can be tailored to fit the front yard situation, making the most of the space. The maintenance of the planting is much easier and easier on the back because of the height of the vessels, for example, raised beds, and weeds such as goutweed and couch grass have no chance. Only watering can be more laborious if the plants do not have access to the natural root zone.

Our tip: Use water storage mats in the planters. These mats act as a moisture reservoir – 1 centimeter of Hygromat absorbs as much water as 3 centimeters of soil substrate – and at the same time also as insulation against heat and cold.

Please take a seat

Seating and garden furniture

A beautiful garden element in larger front gardens are straight or round benches, as well as garden furniture. The seating turns the front garden from a mere utility area into a small oasis of well-being where people enjoy spending time. With our custom-made products made of metal and wood, you can also place real eye-catchers in the garden, which you will enjoy for a particularly long time thanks to our high-quality materials and workmanship.

Water in the garden

Well systems

A pretty idea and always an eye-catcher is the installation of a fountain at the entrance to the house. Fountain basin or spring fountain with water bowls and balls can be placed in both large and small front gardens. With their gentle splashing, they mask unwanted street noise, soothe the eye and create a haven of peace in front of the house.

Our tip: Especially in the hot summer, water oases are important for insects such as bees and butterflies, but also for birds, which can quench their thirst or take a refreshing bath there. So you not only have an individual garden element, but also actively support the protection of species.

Examples of small front gardens

and house entrances

What can not be missing even in a front garden or house entrance, for example, in front of a small row house? What design or functional elements are necessary even when there is hardly any space? Exactly in this case, you should give special thought to the design and layout of the room. This allows you to make the most of the available space without making the front garden look cluttered.

On the one hand, it is important to have a clear path with a lawn edge. This neatly separates the areas from each other and provides a clear structure. A mailbox is also indispensable. This can be mounted directly on the house wall to save space. Another solution is to place the mailbox as a stele directly on the border with the sidewalk.

Here, too, it hardly takes up any space, is easily accessible and even acts as a separation from the public area. Trash cans are also indispensable – in most regions up to four per household! The garbage cans should be lined for better appearance and to minimize odor. This can be done by special garbage can boxes, in which the garbage cans are stored. However, it is easier and cheaper to hide the useful but unloved trash cans behind privacy screens.

Design ideas

for large front gardens

Usually front gardens are always smaller than the garden behind the house. In fact, however, there is – depending on the building plot – also the reverse case. Then the front garden should be designed so that, in addition to the necessary elements, there is room for garden objects that are actually reserved for the more sheltered garden area. This can be water features and fountain systems that provide refreshment. Benches or garden loungers should also not be missing in a protected area.

Space for plants

Those planning flower and perennial borders can neatly border the beds with pathway edging strips to provide a clear separation between the useful and the bed area. Alternatively, the greenery can be grown in raised beds and planters. This is much easier to clean and also easier on the back, as you don’t have to bend over as far. Or how about a herb spiral?
In this sinuous planter you can grow your own herbs in a visually appealing way. If the whole thing is still made of corten steel, then you do not even have to fear snails. Because of the copper content in the rust-colored structural steel, they quickly turn off again. For people, on the contrary, corten steel is harmless and can even be classified as an ecological material. The alloying elements of concern, copper and nickel, are firmly bonded in the corten steel and do not enter the environment when properly installed.

PRIVACY SCREEN

If you want to use your front garden as a main garden, then it is also recommended to build a privacy screen or a fence system facing the street. Both provide a spatial separation of private garden and public space and keep unwanted looks away.

You are curious and want to know more about our high quality metal products? Do you have questions about special garden elements and need advice? Then call us. We are looking forward to contacting you!

Care of the garden objects

Not only flower borders, hedges and shrubs need care and, if necessary, pruning. The various garden objects also need to be cleaned or otherwise maintained from time to time. Then you will enjoy the garden elements for the front garden for a long time.

Care for wood surfaces

The wooden surface can be cleaned – if necessary – with a commercial cleaner. To ensure that no material damage occurs, the cleaner should be tested on a sample surface beforehand. Never clean the wooden seat covers with a high-pressure cleaner! The hard water jet would destroy the wood fibers on the surface with the result that the wood would weather much faster. Do you want to avoid the seating surfaces fading and graying after a few months? Then clean the surface and oil the wood 1-2 times a year with a natural oil. The oil closes the pores and thus counteracts fading. Dirt particles also do not penetrate as deeply after treatment and can be wiped off easily if necessary.

Care for metal surfaces

Metallic surfaces are ideal for outdoor use: they are weather-resistant to heat, cold and rain, making them particularly durable. Nevertheless, garden objects made of corten steel, stainless steel or color-coated stainless steel need some care.
Here are a few tips for a long life:

  • Regularly check the objects for rust spots. Even with the characteristic rust-red patinated corten steel, rusting through can occur if the metal objects for the garden are placed, for example, in waterlogged conditions.
  • Remove leaves and other organic material to avoid staining the surface.
  • Clean stainless steel surfaces regularly with a mild stainless steel care product – especially in places where rain does not reach. For more stubborn stains, treatment with a stainless steel lotion is recommended, which can even remove rust stains.
  • Color-coated surfaces should always be checked for damaged areas. You can easily touch up small scratches with the appropriate paint. To do this, clean the defective area, roughen it slightly and then apply the paint, for example, with a brush and let it dry.