When guests or visitors enter your property, the first impression likely matters the most. We all want it to be a good impression, even a great impression. Have a tour of the beautiful examples of great design. I bet you can’t help yourself by clicking through each gallery. Ideas galore to get you there…
Accent the front door and perk it up with color.
Duplicate the door color to a nearby planter, echo or contrast the home’s trim. On a home of toned-down or white color, give it a shot of color like a fiery red to vitalize the entry. The green door above mirrors the shady green vegetation.
My own door is blue and brown on dark brick, which I accented with stained glass panels I made and designed reflecting my love of birds and gardening. I made a few other hummingbirds for the planters at the entry. I usually have blue flowers in blue containers like the hydrangea planter below. This year the planters have red for a change.
Below, the opposite colors play nicely in their simplicity off the brick.
Coordinate the hardscaping and plants to the architectural style of the home.
Use plants with various colors, texture and shapes to enhance a path or lead the eye to the door.
Give the entry garden seasonal appeal with containers for summer and conifers for winter. Even plant the containers with small conifers or greens for winter interest.
Containers can be moved around to alter the look of the entry, if you can lift them, that is.
Nothing wrong with the scale on this container above. The Victorian house is huge.
Hot-red plants used at the entry draw the eye to the bright red door above, tying the design together. The elevated planters mirror the trim color. The porch level containers add visual interest planted with different flowers of different color. This design method connects the house to the street. People just have to look.
Work with the character of the architecture.
Create that connection between the street and the house. Invite viewers in a welcoming, warm way.
Choose plants that are in scale with the house.
Mass some plants for impact.
Frame the entry. Use arbors, fences, hedges and even trees. Above, each home has a beautiful entry using fencing.
Splurge on beautiful features. It only takes one piece of art to make a world of difference. The carriage above was the big find of the day. I had to stop my Jeep to get a photo. It really is a major focal point in the landscape. Like the image opening the post of the door wreath and gray bench, the simple pedestal art of the first image in the above gallery makes the whole design.