Front gardens: planting

There’s no limit to what you can grow in your front garden, but here is a selection of plants that will thrive in most situations. All have been chosen because they are tough and won’t need too much cosseting. Whatever your space, and even if there is no soil to plant in, there's always something suitable.

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Front garden

Quick facts

Five top plants


You can combine paving for parking with an attractive garden with plants. Leave planting pockets in paving or gravel to ensure there is soil for them to grow in, rather than hardcore or a bed of concrete.

5 top tips for squeezing plants into the front garden

  1. Fill up the corners: you usually can't park here so plant instead
  2. Go up the wall: climbers and wall shrubs take up little space. And they don't only look great, they'll insulate your home too, saving on heating bills
  3. Hedge your bets: Rather than walls or fences, grow a hedge to filter out particulate (dust) pollution to help you breath more easily. It will provide a home for wildlife too
  4. Growing up: With a slender trunk, a tree can take your greenery up and over the cars
  5. No soil? Plant in containers: Even 100% paved gardens can be made greener by using containers

Practical considerations

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.