Create Stellar Curb Appeal


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…

The Door

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.

About Garden Walk Garden Talk

I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at:
This entry was posted in garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

20 Responses to Create Stellar Curb Appeal

  1. alesiablogs says:

    lovely write up. I definitely have no curb appeal. The kids in the cul de sac seem to want to chalk up my drive in a lot lately. haha The big drawings though are quite cute done by them. I am not complaining as I love to see kids playing outdoors..

  2. David says:

    Very informative. I liked the “Mass some plants for impact.” idea and I’m going to give it some thought.

  3. catmint says:

    lots of good ideas here and I enjoyed the photos. Interesting to see such different styles and tastes. Round here many houses have high fences so what it looks like when people come in the gate is relevant, but there is no ‘kerb appeal’. It’s like the house and garden face inwards instead of outwards.

    • True, there were quite a few styles. This was a garden tour, so we did not know what to expect. Having a courtyard garden, which is inward facing, has long been popular. Privacy and safety were elements of the “private” gardens.

  4. Very welcoming photos. Thanks for the tips.

  5. Splurging on something special is definitely on my to-do-eventually list. And is that a Canadian flag I see on that carriage?

    • You should have recognized this was the Niagara on the Lake garden tour. I just expanded my scope a bit over the thirteen because I keep seeing really interesting and beautiful properties every where I walked. I have a cool photo of the Canadian and American flags side by side on a fence. I imagined they were a married couple one from each country.

  6. We are redoing our front door in Maine so this gave me some good ideas, thanks.

  7. Wonderful post, provides a lot of food for thought. We have a junky old screen door that is white that obscures our dark green wooden door. Both need replacing. I’d like the door painted something brighter, sky blue or soft yellow or at least a brighter shade of green. I’d also like some kind of garden art near the front door to go with all the flowering containers, but I have no idea what.

    • Thank you. I have the storm door in front of the wooden door. Old doors are the best for pretty design, just not very energy efficient. I like the garden art at the door instead of the container of flowers, but in the city, it would get damaged or stolen. I have had containers stolen, so I don’t put much effort into them or have them have a pretty design.

  8. Great advice Donna…we have a wonderful purple door that definitely gives curb appeal…as does our brick sidewalk which fits with our colonial style house….love your door and the stained glass.

  9. Alisha says:

    very informative and interesting post as always, Thank you so much Donna for sharing …

  10. Oh, wow! I loved all the photos of these beautiful places and containers. I thought maybe it was Niagara-on-the-Lake and after which I saw your answer to the comment above. Great ideas and thanks for sharing.

  11. You are such an artist Donna! And I am always blown away by the sheer number of examples you share! Personally, I just love YOUR blue front door with the stained glass.

Comments are closed.