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The front of your property is in some respects the most important area of your garden. It is the first thing a visitor will see, whether they are entering the property from the front street, or going into the garden from a house door. The front gives people their first impressions of the property. The way you develop the garden entrances will influence the overall feel of the garden. Garden entrances should not only impress visitors, but also give the designer a sense of satisfaction.
The components used in a garden are particularly important in relation to the entry points. The types of paths and barriers used will invite or discourage people from entering. The garden features should be glimpsed from the entries, to encourage use or further garden exploration following the direction of the path. As with any other part of the garden, the success of the entry depends on good planning.
Decide the purposes you want the front garden areas and other parts of the garden to serve. Consider the following:
These are just a few of the considerations you should make when designing the entrances to the areas of your garden. They should be part of the planning and design process, especially when dealing with the planning processes of Garden and Concept Planning.
It is most important to keep the entrances to all areas of the garden in mind when choosing the components to use within the garden. Materials and size of barriers, buildings, furniture and all other components need to retain the "feeling" that you have tried to create from that entry point.