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Grand Entrances: Landscaping your driveway

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Grand Entrances: Landscaping your driveway

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A driveway is more than just a path leading to your home; it’s the first impression your property has on guests and passersby.

A well-designed driveway enhances curb appeal, adds value to your home and sets the tone for what lies beyond. Here’s how you can landscape your driveway to create a grand entrance that truly stands out.

The first thing to consider is what area you have to work with and how best to landscape that space. For a longer driveway perhaps consider planting an avenue of trees? A red brick herringbone style path can add a country edge to your home. Or if you’re looking for a long life-span and high-end finish, then a paved driveway could be a striking alternative. A charming and cost-effective option, gravel driveways are another way to sculpt your driveway into an idyllic entrance. You can adorn this with beds of blooms to offer a contrast of colours and textures. 

Your driveway is an additional area that can be transformed into space that further extends your gardens. The space should be used to the best of its ability and offer a grand entrance to your home. In this article, we will explore the different elements that our skilled in-house landscaping team use to create striking driveways and bold garden entrances. 

Choosing the Right Materials

The material you choose for your driveway plays a crucial role in its aesthetic appeal and functionality. Here are some popular options:

Brick & Pavers

Offering a timeless and elegant look and viable in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, bricks and pavers can be arranged in intricate patterns to suit your style. Durable and able to withstand heavy loads, pavers are also easy to repair, as individual pieces can be replaced if damaged. A variety of sizes and colours also mean you can create a visually appealing design. 


Gravel driveways provide a rustic charm and are excellent for encouraging drainage. They are cost-effective and easy to install too. The installation is a breezy process meaning that your project can come to life as swiftly as possible. There are a variety of colours, sizes and textures available meaning you can work this into your landscape to suit your preferences. 

A touch of greenery

Once you have chosen your desired materials, then a carefully curated planting scheme is the best way to soften the appearance of your driveway, integrating it to blend seamlessly into your garden.

Border Planting

Line your driveway with low-maintenance plants like ornamental grasses, lavender or boxwood shrubs. This creates a natural border that guides the eye and adds texture.


Planting trees along your driveway can provide shade and a stately appearance. Choose trees and shrubs with non-invasive root systems, such as Japanese maple or dogwood, to avoid damaging the driveway.

Flower Beds

Integrate flower beds at the entrance and along the sides of your driveway. Seasonal flowers like tulips in spring or chrysanthemums in autumn can add vibrant splashes of colour.

Adding flora to the driveway can help offer contrast and colour to the entrance to your home. 


If you have taken the time to invest in the space leading to and from your home then it is important that your project is brought to life with a selection of stylish lighting techniques. A beautifully lit landscape within those dusk summer months has its own atmospheric beauty and charm.  Lighting also adds security to your home, so it’s good to consider installation of security systems and cameras whilst landscaping the area to offer additional peace of mind. 

Up lighting

Install path lights along the edges of your driveway. Use up lighting to highlight trees or architectural features. This creates dramatic shadows and adds depth to your landscape.

Overhead Lighting

For a more grandiose effect, consider installing elegant lanterns or lamp posts at the entrance to your driveway.

Make a statement 

Incorporate additional design elements to elevate the look of your driveway and give it that final flourish and flare. From gateways and arches to statement statues. These elements can create additional focal points which really put the finishing touches to the design. 

Gates and Arches

A stylish gate or arch can serve as a focal point and provide a sense of security. Choose a design that complements your home. Did you read our interview with local Cotswold blacksmith Jake Alexander Gill? Read our interview with him to discover how he crafts breath-taking floral inspired ironwork. 

Statues and Sculptures

If you have a larger driveway, consider adding a striking feature such as a sculpture, fountain, or planting display. This breaks up the expanse and adds interest. A graceful turning circle can be created to assist with the flow of vehicles to and from your property. 

Landscaping your driveway is a worthwhile investment that enhances the overall appeal and value of your home. By carefully selecting materials, incorporating greenery, adding appropriate lighting and including unique design elements, you can create a grand entrance that leaves a lasting impression. With regular maintenance, your landscaped driveway will continue to welcome you and your guests with style and grace for years to come.

Inspired to transform your driveway? Talk to our team today to find out how we can help.

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