Posted: 24/11/2013 at 21:20
I've only a small front garden which is in shade for all but the last few hours of sun in the summer so gravelled it over leaving a few shrubs and one border which has bluebells in.
If I have one regret, wish there were more shade loving evergreen shrubs growing for Winter colour as the back garden is only ever seen at weekends in the Winter.
Most of the gardens on my road aren't gravelled or paved, they're too small for parking which gives an idea of size and some have trees growing in them, all be it small ones.
I think front gardens are really understimated now and prefer to see one's which aren't paved over. I often drive along the front at Lytham St Annes and see some fabulous front gardens, few are paved and it must be one of the most inhospitable places to grow stuff, 1/3 of the year it seems, storms and high winds blow sand and salt over everything, the roads can be covered.