In some gardens you will need to ensure vehicles have access, before, during and after the landscaping has taken place.  Before you start work, and depending on the scale of the project, it is important to take account of what kind of machinery will be needed on site.  If you live in a terrace with no vehicular access to the rear garden this decision is already made for you.  If you have no fences or obstructions between you and the public roadway then you can bring anything you want in there.

In cases where there is no possible vehicular access your garden design potential may be affected. This may be the case, for instance, for small back gardens where you will not be able to make dramatic landscape changes that would involve the use of a mini-digger.

A photograph showing the public access and vehicular circulation area to the front of a house.

It is important to include driveways and access to garages in you bubble diagrams, as these are integral parts of your garden design.  This is especially true if you are building a new home.  If you are working on an existing garden with established vehicular circulation then these decisions are already made for you.  You can of course always change established driveways to suit what you want to achieve.

Your front garden is usually the place where the public have access in order to get to your door.  It  may contain your driveway, parking-space, paths, and the entrance area leading to the house.  This is the area that the public can see from the roadway.  This area will establish a sense of being home and mark the transition from public to private space. It will provide safe and easy access for visitors to arrive in a logical way to the doorway to your house.

The entrance to your house is the area of transition between outdoors and indoors, your front door.  Some consideration should be given to the planting and maintenance of this area, as the visitor will be standing or moving slowly through it.

You also will pass through this area probably more than you will use any other part of your garden, public or private.  Planting should focus on the entrance, so that the visitor has no doubt where the door is.  There should be a feeling of intimacy or comfort; a visitor should feel welcome in this space while being aware that it is a transition from the public to the private part of your property. 

Be careful to keep the planting in this area in proportion with the size of your house.