Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:56
We moved into our Edwardian mid-terraced house about three years ago and have had great pleasure (as novice gardeners) clearing and creating a back garden. Our sights are now turning to the front 'garden' or forecourt.
It is currently concreted over. The original path is long gone and replaced with a pink stone composite. We have inherited an overgrown cottoneaster and originally had a huge laurel hedge that provided wonderful cover for the burglars who broke in 9 months after we moved in. The laurel has now gone, but the stumps remain in a narrow bed along the front (modern) brick wall. The cottoneaster is along the side wall with our neighbours.
I would like to redesign the garden and give it an Edwardian look/feel again, but naturally considering wheely bin and council compost bin storage. My husband would love a lavender hedge, and possibly rosemary. It is south facing and he loves cooking, so having ample supply of rosemary and thyme in the front would be a bonus (thyme doesn't do too well in our back garden). I haven't had much luck finding inspiration for 'Edwardian' front gardens though - plenty of park-like, extensive back gardens and lots about Edwardian garden designers and their colour schemes/planting choices. But before I get that far, I need an idea for the basic layout/structure. Can anyone point me in the right direction for inspiration/pictures/designs?