Time is racing along and suddenly we’re nearly half way through January. There’s a fine cover of snow here this morning and it’s very wintery, but you may well be starting to think about your garden and planning how you want it to look during the coming year. One part of the garden that’s easy to overlook is the entrance, and we all know how much first impressions count.
What does the entrance to your garden say about you?
Do you live on a busy street and have a solid gate, keeping your front garden private, or is your house on a quiet country lane where privacy isn’t a problem? Maybe you like to share your front garden with passers-by.
These front gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show don’t have any gates at all, but that’s not always practical if you live in a busy town. I like the contemporary simple, style of fence though and you could have a matching timber gate.
The garden entrance has to be practical as well as attractive. Ideally it should be well lit at night with the number or name of the house easily visible, and without any confusion about exactly how to get in.
Keep the gate looking smart with a coat of paint or wood stain, not only does it prolong the life of the gate, but it gives the right impression too, especially if your house is for sale.
Generally a single gate is 1 metre wide and 2.4 metres wide for vehicle access, the height of the gate will depend on the boundary either side of it.
Using the same material for your gate and boundary works well, so use a timber gate if you have a fence, a metal gate looks best with railings. You can be more flexible about the choice of material for the gate if your boundary is a hedge or wall, timber or metal would look equally good.
This is a rather grand entrance and the open gates clearly say welcome.
Have a look here at this earlier blog post for tips and information about hedges, fences etc.
I hope you have a good week.
all images: Jill Anderson