The busy lives of our daughter Jayne and her family were taken into account when they redesigned and planted their small front garden.
The result is a low maintenance garden which looks good from both the house and the pavement. It is complemented by ornate iron railings, built to their specification.
Here, Jayne explains the reasons for the makeover and the ideas she came up with.
Reasons for change
Our front garden is a very small one and originally we planted it with shrubs, but they ended up growing too large as our pruning skills are not one of our strengths!
Although we had more privacy and a lovely aspect to the front of the house, the roots were invasive.
We were worried the root system was on its way to breaching the footings of the house, so a makeover had to happen!
Low maintenance planning
We have learnt along the way with our gardening to a degree, so planning for our south-facing garden took a while.
Choosing the plants was difficult as we had to consider their roots. We also had to bear in mind that the water tap is at the other end of the house.
We finally came up with the idea of using grasses planted in containers.
Sinking the containers part-way in the soil allows the root system to be cooler, which should in turn require less water, as it provides restrictions for the roots.
We have enjoyed coming up with ideas for planting. We looked at masses of books, websites and information from the Easier Gardening Trust. We also drew lots of plans and researched the size these plants can reach - this time!
An added benefit of using gravel with a membrane underneath is that it controls the weeds and is a good background to show off the different colours of the grasses.
After planting and the initial two weeks of watering, we have a relatively maintenance-free garden. It's perfect for us - we can now just admire it!