We've been living in Horsley 4 years today.
The saying is - "we've been in our house", - but for me the garden was just as important when we moved, and it was the reason we'd overlooked this property several times in our search.I'd literally driven past it, and not noticed the house was there.
Our back garden isn't huge. 40ft by 60ft on the particulars, which i'd looked over and dismissed because of it. Not small, particularly by modern house sizes, but it's all visible from my office, and the chickens at the bottom of the garden are only about 12 metres away from me. (great for a spot of chicken tv, when i'm procrastinating over a planting plan)
The front garden is actually as big as the back, but when we arrived you couldn't tell.
This photo is taken from between the house and the garage, looking out to the road. The brick driveway goes to the entrance but is very narrow, and is only wide enough for one car, (and not wide enough for you to get out of it without stepping off the drive). - it widens out by the garage when you're past the evergreen magnolia, - but that meant that although we could park 3 cars, there was a shuffle to get anyone out. So our first priority was to get extra parking.
I also wanted to get more planting borders, - easier to maintain grass ( it was practically all moss when we got here) and easy parking and entrance and exit on to the road.
Like most people, I didn't have the budget to do it all at once, but knowing what I ultimately wanted has made it easier to do work in stages.
The "hedge" of overgrown shrubs was first to go, which gained us about 10 feet of garden, - enough to put in an in and out drive. Borders were created under the trees, and by the driveway.
The 2 magnolia trees are now the statements and focus of the garden, instead of hiding it. Plus as well as having room to park a hideous number of cars on the drive ( there have been 10 at a coffee morning) I have 5 big borders of plants.
As with all gardens, there are plenty of things to focus on for the future. I've loved some plant combinations, and others havn't worked. One of these days, I'll be able to afford to replace the brick driveway, but 4 years on, i'm quite pleased with my front garden. It ticks the boxs of framing the house, parking the cars, and having plenty of space for plants.