Tending to our front gardens with a vibrant mix of flowers and green shoots not only increases the curb appeal of most homes, but it makes us feel good and helps wildlife thrive too.

Indeed, according to a survey carried out for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the number of front gardens with no greenery at all has halved in the past five years – while twice as many people say the space in front of their home is now entirely greened up.

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We look at ways to make your front of house more welcoming.

How to spruce up your front garden

1. Marry paint effects with petals

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s all in the detail… think about tying your garden together by colour co-ordinating your front door with climbing roses and flowering plants. Chances are, the door furniture and panels could do with a touch-up anyway, now the days are slowly getting longer and brighter.

2. Brights are beautiful

Attention grabbing, for sure and sometimes, the brighter the better. Exotic, high impact shades will reinforce a feeling of escapism and create a holiday vibe, especially with summer staycations on the cards.

3. Be creative with containers

 
 
 
 
 
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Playful and fun, sometimes it’s good to think outside the (potting) box – and take a look inside your home for outdoor inspiration. We love the idea of this wrought-iron baby bed doubling up as a garden planter. Think about salvaging and repurposing other vintage pieces too.

4. You can never have too many troughs

 
 
 
 
 
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No matter how small or large your front garden, a flowering trough is eye-catching and charming. You can hang them from railings or hook them onto a garden wall or patio fence, and shade-loving perennials will pimp up a dark corner.

5. Topiary can be just as tantalizing as a riot of colour

Topiary hedges in a residential Street in London N5 (Finsbury Park) clipped into the shape of elephants
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If you really want to work those plants to perfection, training perennials, clipping foliage and adding architectural flair can be a relaxing pastime,  as well as a rewarding hobby… don’t be surprised if your neighbours are green with envy.

6. Create a cottage garden with crowded plantings

 
 
 
 
 
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Filling in gaps with bold, exuberant plants is like using your patio as a paint palette. Garden furniture can act as your artist’s easel and mounting pots here there and everywhere with different flower shapes will make your canvas bloom.

7. Wield a little flower power with a window box

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re short on space and your front garden is more street style, a window box is your best bet. Capitalise with seasonal collections and combinations of grasses and flower forms – and you’ll have a garden room to call your own.

Best-selling window boxes

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

Bestseller No. 1
Ruddings Wood 48" (121cm) Large Metal Window Box - Garden Flower Basket Wall Trough - Outdoor...
  • 48" (121cm) Large Garden Window Box with Coco liner.
  • Manufactured from heavy gauge flat steel and metal rod with black powder coating to prevent rusting and protection from weather conditions.
  • Quality Co co liner included made from natural coconut fibres and will help retain moisture after watering.
Bestseller No. 2
Ruddings Wood Set of 2 x 36" (91cm) Large Metal Window Boxes - Garden Flower Wall Baskets - Wall...
  • Set of 2 x 36" (91cm) Large Garden Window Boxes with Coco liners.
  • Manufactured from heavy gauge flat steel and metal rod with black powder coating to prevent rusting and protection from weather conditions.
  • Quality Co co liners included made from natural coconut fibres and will help retain moisture after watering.
Bestseller No. 3
Lechuza BALCONERA Color 80 Self Watering Planter Indoor/Outdoor Flower Plant Pot Table and Window...
  • BRACKETS NOT INCLUDED, please search for Balconera Brackets to add to your basket
  • Self-watering balcony planter with removable planter liner, water level indicator and plant substrate
  • LECHUZA planter and plant liner are different in height. Due to this difference, a space is formed inside - a container for water
SaleBestseller No. 4
Lechuza BALCONERA Cottage 80 Self Watering Planter Indoor/Outdoor Flower Plant Pot Table and Window...
  • BRACKETS NOT INCLUDED, please search for Balconera Brackets to add to your basket
  • Self-watering balcony planter with removable planter liner, water level indicator and plant substrate
  • LECHUZA planter and plant liner are different in height. Due to this difference, a space is formed inside - a container for water
Bestseller No. 5
SaleBestseller No. 6
Lechuza BALCONERA Stone 80 Self Watering Planter Indoor/Outdoor Flower Plant Pot Table and Window...
  • BRACKETS NOT INCLUDED, please search for Balconera Brackets to add to your basket
  • Self-watering balcony planter with removable planter liner, water level indicator and plant substrate
  • LECHUZA planter and plant liner are different in height. Due to this difference, a space is formed inside - a container for water
Bestseller No. 7
Emsa 515251 COUNTRY Window Box 75 x 17x 15 cm, white
  • Durable, natural looking classic pots and containers for your garden
  • Ideal for use with Emsa's BASIC window box brackets
  • Made in Germany from UV resistant recycled material, frost resistant, optional drainage hole

Last update on 2021-07-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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