Entry Landscaping Ideas

Entry landscaping leads visitors to your front door. Flowers and plants placed by the entryway welcome friends and families. The smallest entry is brightened with plants in pots, hanging containers or perhaps an arbor to shelter those waiting at the door. Use your creativity and your entryway landscaping won't cost a fortune.

Topiaries

Topiaries are plants, usually evergreens, that have been pruned into geometric shapes. The easiest shape is that of a sphere on a trunk. Think of a lollipop. Another alternative is two or three spheres spaced 12 to 24 inches apart on the trunk. Four matching topiaries two on each side of the door and two farther out stand like sentries at the entryway. If you're on a low budget, trim the topiaries yourself.

Hanging Plants

When space is limited for an entryway there's always room for hanging plants. They take up no walkway and still provide an accent. Tiered planters command attention. Plant them with bright flowers like geraniums in the top two tiers and a trailing flower like bacoba in the bottom tier. Hanging planters are heavy when watered, so fasten them securely.

Seasonal Displays

Plant the entryway with four seasons in mind. A backbone of evergreens provides color and interest even in the dead of winter. Flowering spring bulbs and trees remind visitors that warm weather is on the way. Summer is when gardens are in their full glory. And finally fall is nature's last show in the year. Try cypress and boxwood, underplanted with tulips, crocus and daffodils for spring. Roses provide summer color and chrysanthemums give a bright accent for fall..

Climbing Plants

Outlining the entryway with plants that climb up the walls and over the porch roofing adds an exclamation point to your front yard. Keep any stair railings clear of plants so guests can still get a firm grasp for safety. Ivy doesn't need any support and will cling to masonry and brick. Bougainvillea has brightly colored bracts and thorns. It will need to be fastened to a support. Clematis blooms in late spring and early summer and climbs its way up with tendrils.

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