How to Design Landscaping for the Front Entry

Overview

Your front entry is the first impression you make on guests. This is where you greet people, but it is also a space that can invite you to linger before entering the house. An inviting entryway has interesting plants, garden fixtures and maybe a place to sit and relax. You may be able to create a private area. A fountain or bird feeder will encourage birds to visit. Consider the view from inside your house to the front entry as you make your plans.

Step 1

Design a pathway from the street or driveway to your front door. Curved walkways are more inviting. Steps (if needed) should be easy to navigate at night and when carrying things.

Step 2

Evaluate the view of your entry from inside the house. You should enjoy it from inside the house.

Step 3

Decide on a theme, color scheme and purpose for the entry plants. Do you need to create shade? Is your entry shady and damp most of the time? Do you want colorful plants?

Step 4

Add ornaments that create a personal touch. Select items that reflect your interests or create the feeling you want people to have as they enter your space. This could be a fountain, a decorative sculpture, decorative rocks or other items in addition to plants.

Step 5

Add tall plants or a fence for privacy if the front of your house is exposed to a street. Create a sitting area if you have space.

Step 6

Visit nurseries and local gardens to look at plants that do well in your area and with the sun exposure in your front entry.

References

  • Front Entry Design
  • Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Who Can Help

  • Garden Design - several links to articles
Keywords: landscape design, front entry design, garden pathways, garden arches, garden fountains

About this Author

Kathleen Sonntag lives in Carmel, California, where she is a writer, teacher and editor. She is a Master Gardener and writes articles for gardening publications. Sonntag has written and edited reading test passages and has edited children's books, cookbooks and memoirs. Her articles appear on GardenGuides.com. Sonntag holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.