If we could acquire the side of the house then would be ideal to have part grass (for the kids and trampoline) but then patio for grown ups. Have a look exactly where it's worth having the patio dependant on the sun. This could totally effect what we bother doing in the front garden. We'd be man not to have built in beds I think
The garden is also filled with loads of areas for the kids to play and explore. The two older children have their own gardens which they designed themselves and which they add to each year with new features and plants. The most recent addition,a mud pie kitchen area was added behind the shed. We also try to add new features every year – some permanent, some temporary – such as a dinosaur tire garden, climbing bean teepee, wild-flower border & sun-flower alley .