A lawn for rest instead of a front garden
The front garden is traditionally considered one of the most important areas in the garden and mainly a purely decorative zone. But the visiting card of the site, designed to precede its beauty and landscapes, present the tastes and character of the owners and set the tone for the whole design, does not have to be purely aesthetic. If the area in front of the house is large enough, it can be used not only for decorative compositions, but also as an additional platform for recreation. You can enjoy the parade ensembles and the harmony of the garden and the buildings from the front of the garden in a special way. Yes, and a secret place for tea and meals will add to the entire front garden an additional charm.
The basics of arranging a corner for rest in the front garden
When you design a place to relax instead of the usual front garden about the complete replacement of its contents or arrangement according to the laws of terraces or playgrounds, of course, there can be no talk. Rather, it is simply the allocation on the territory of the front garden of a small recreation area, the frame of a special corner. The rest of the territory of the front garden is formed as usual - according to the laws of "business cards". The largest scope for creativity provides the opportunity to design an empty area, when the recreation area can initially be included in the project. But most often, such corners for tea parties are equipped in a ready-made front garden to make it more interesting, obeying whims, changing tastes or the desire to enjoy the best ensembles closer. Such a relaxation area is a great alternative for those who do not have a terrace adjacent to the house or the ability to set up several relaxation areas in the garden itself.
Corner for rest can only fit in a fairly spacious front garden. Usually, just a few square meters of space are separated in front of the house for furniture. And she in no case can not occupy more than a quarter of the entire plot. The ideal ratio is from 1/5 to 1/8 of the front garden area. It’s very easy to choose a place to place a recreation area: there are only 2 options in placing a relaxation area in the front garden:
- If a small pond or other water body, rock garden, rockery or any other semantic center is located in the front garden, then a recreation area is placed near it (as a rule, immediately after such an object).
- If the front garden does not have a meaningful center, it is designed only as purely plant ensembles, a lawn or flower garden, then the recreation area is placed so that it is located on the midline between the house and the border of the plot and is offset from the house diagonally (left or right). Placing a recreation area closer to the house will distort the perception of space, closer to the front edge of the front garden - it will require sufficient effort to create a sense of security. Both problems will appear when placed in the visual center opposite the house. Therefore, the rest corners are shifted left or right in relation to the building and are located approximately in the central strip relative to the house and the border of the site.
In both cases - both when designing from scratch, and when breaking down the site in a ready-made front garden - clearance is carried out according to one principle. At a clean site, they plan a front garden, leaving a rest area on it as a “white spot”, and then, as if stretching the surrounding ensembles around the zone, fitting and framing it with plants. When decorating in a ready-made front garden, the plants and motifs present in it are used, framing the site itself and as if combining it into a single canvas with the rest of the territory. For the design of the recreation area, you can use special, new plants that will add charm to it, but the design should, in general, be one with the front garden.
Choose the shape and coverage of the site
The first thing to think about is the shape and paving of the site. For the rest area in the front garden, a strict geometric shape is chosen only when the garden is dominated by geometry and regular style. Still preferable are smooth, slightly curved, twisting and obscure contours: they less affect the perception of the front garden and allow you to enter the site itself into the front garden and avoid a sense of foreignness.
Whether or not to pave the site is a matter of taste and opportunity. If you are not sure that in a few years it will be pleasant for you to remain in the front garden for coffee, you plan to make changes in the future and you can’t decide on them (or doubts bother you for some other reason) - choose a soft coating. Gravel, crushed bark, decorative dusting will create a pleasantly rustling area that you can always correct. But paving is created for years. It is performed not only in accordance with materials already used in the garden, but also with home decoration, paths in the front garden. Ideally, the site should exactly repeat the paths on the materials (but may differ from them in the type and pattern of paving), which will create a feeling of wholeness and harmony.
Link the rest area to the main track
To create a holistic image and to ensure ease of movement, think about an additional path. It can be taken away from one of the paths in the front garden, the main walkway or from the entrance to the house. Even on the lawn you can pave the track. Do not make it wide and catchy: a slightly outlined stepping or soft gravel trail is enough.
Comfort is impossible without security
The second aspect when allocating a recreation area within the front garden is protection from prying eyes. Even if you dream of nodding to passersby while drinking coffee and enjoying communication through the fence, they do not leave a completely open recreation area. It should be protected from passers-by, and from their curious looks, and from discomfort at least on one side (the most popular option is that the two sides of the view for such a recreation area should be closed, and two should be open). Thus, you can create a sense of secrecy, and do not deprive yourself of the opportunity to admire the beauties and panoramas.
Even if the front garden is already separated by a hedge, the recreation area is still additionally framed. There is no question of any continuous wall of plants: a tall shrub or tree, perennials, their alternation, installation of a support for vines gives the same effect as a green wall. It is only necessary to create an atmosphere of security and isolation from the world. In such a living barrier, evergreen cypresses, thuja, yews, and picturesque deciduous shrubs are always good.
Plant setting for the front lounge area
The easiest option for landscaping a recreation area is to frame it with a flower discount or mixborder. This method is especially effective if a large part of the front garden is occupied by a lawn, also enclosed in a floral frame. Picturesque rabatki with unpretentious perennials with a bright color will perfectly fit into the appearance of the front garden and will amaze you with variegated variety and ceremonial beauty. But there are other ways:
- place different-sized plant groups along the perimeter, “tied” them with stunted perennials;
- make a flower bed-ring;
- break a series of flower beds, etc.
Choosing the basis for the framing of the recreation area is worth only time-tested herbaceous perennials that do not require care from you, but at the same time have a bright appearance. Such plants, of course, include yarrow, rudbeckia, geleniums, daylilies, Iberis, pinworm, cuffs, geyhera, chistets, wormwood, veronica, catnip, lavender, sage. Decorative cereals are magnificent in compositions of any style - from Chinese miscanthus to a meadow and a feather-grass of feathers, honehloa and sedge. In shading, there is always a place for ferns and hosts. If there is a pond in the front garden, you can use a lot of plants that are more typical for water objects - loosestrife loosestrife, swimsuit, primrose bullousian, placun grass. The canna of India and oriental poppies, tall candles of varietal dolphiniums, bearded irises, grassy peonies, etc. are suitable for the role of soloists and accents.
Shrubs should be the main sources of volume, protection and permanence. Evergreen boxwoods, luxurious roses, unpretentious spireas, gorgeous creeping euonymos, bright barberries and cotoneaster are an excellent choice. But if decorative willows or fan-shaped maples are more suitable for your garden, then bet on them.
If you prefer annuals, leave no more than 10 -15% of the area in landscaping for them and try to group them so that it is easier to care for crops, plant in one place. Annuals will always help to hide voids and glades, to achieve spectacular design for the first time, while the main plants have not yet grown to the desired size. Nasturtium, annual sages, lobelia, morning glory, celosia - there are plenty to choose from.
And remember that a source of inspiration for you in your search for plants and their combinations should be your own garden. Walk around the site, note the combinations most dear to the heart and use them in the frame of the recreation area in the front garden.
Furniture and accessories for relaxing in the front garden
When choosing garden furniture to decorate the front garden, try to adhere to the principle of minimalism. Such a recreation area should not be overloaded with parts, accessories, bulky furniture. A small table and chairs is a classic and always working option. The style of furniture should exactly match the style of the garden. It is better if the furniture matches the color palette of blooming stars in the compositions around.
Of the accessories for the front garden, only 1-2 potted plants on the table are used, bright pillows for chairs and play with lighting, if possible.