Front garden design and size - thoughts?

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  1. Greenfield81

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    I’m designing my front garden, and would like to get thoughts on size and dimensions. Specifically, what should the ideal width be for the pathways surrounding the central flowerbed (at the moment 80cm wide)? This has an impact on the size of the central flowerbed which at the moment is 180cm by 200cm. Does this feel about right? Narrow flowerbed along pathway is 50cm wide which will be for a low formal hedge hopefully.
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    As long as you feel that's adequate for access, it should be ok. It only becomes awkward if you're needing to move anything large around the central space, and/or the planting is of a type that will overhang the bed.
    Ideally, you'd want it a bit wider, so it could be worth taking a little bit more off the bed. You'd need comfortable access for all the hedgetrimming :smile:
     
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      Your path width looks fine for a front garden @Greenfield81, it's the same as the width of typical sandstone paving.
       
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        In the designing of my garden my thoughts went to wind direction and where I would be sitting. Thus picking plants/shrubs with fragrance to carry across to me. So today I have a continued layering of delightful smells as one opens then another then another. Sipping my wine on the deck or sitting on the front stoup not only a visual delight but feeding other senses.
         
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          Perfect planning @redstar! I also consider the height of plants to obliterate the sight of fencing and my neighbours' outbuildings (and my neighbours:))!
           
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          Guess some have to. I have no need for that. I can stand on my deck naked no one sees me. We don't have privacy curtain in our home, just decorative touches at top.
           
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            Thanks for the feedback everyone!
             
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