Are they driveways or 'gardens'?!
Driveways seem to be a common theme in my work at the moment and its worth noting that they need to be thought through and designed carefully to maximise the visual impact of the design.
First of all the surfacing needs to be 'SUDS' compliant to ensure good water percolation through the driveway surface to prevent runoff and too much stress on local drains when it rains - this is a legal requirement.
Second, the driveway should feel like a garden with generous planting beds, vertical accents in the foliage, trees and shrubs. Our cars are getting bigger but good planting design around the main parking areas will be worth the investment to complement the front of the house and soften the effect of the cars sitting outside.
Here is a peak at a new design that I have just presented to clients - very tricky in terms of the fall/heights and getting the right balance of planting to hard landscape!