Before you or a guest set foot inside the front door, a tone of welcome is set when approaching the entry way. So much consideration is given to making a foyer welcoming, but don't overlook where you and your guests are truly first greeted. Landscaping a home entry can be as simple or as elaborate as the homeowner desires, but just like the interior of your home or other parts of your landscape, it should be a reflection of your style.
Use Pleasant-Smelling Plants
Let fragrant plants greet you, your family and guests each time you come home. Choose plants that bloom at different times of the year, and you will have year-round sweet smells. Some plants that make a pretty display and are also highly fragrant include: gardenia, thyme, Asiatic lilies and lavender.
Add Some Sounds
Consider incorporating a bird bath or bird feeder close to the entrance. The sights and sounds of birds chirping and fluttering will add a natural and lively component to your entryway.
Plant for Year-Round Appeal
Add some variety and color to your entryway by including a mix of shrubs, perennials and annuals. For shrubs and small trees, consider the winterberry and serviceberry. Good options for perennials include the forget-me-not and coneflower. Zinnias are easy to grow and make a great option for an annual.
Add a special touch to the entryway by adding a copper wall fountain or a sculpture to suit your style and complement your home's architecture. Think about placing a bench near the entryway to make the space more welcoming and to add a functional component to the space.