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The Best Shrubs for the Entrance of a Home

By Tami Parrington ; Updated September 21, 2017
Shrubs are not always green. Azaleas add brilliant color and evergreens add lasting beauty to your entrance.

Shrubs make great landscaping tools for color, shape and curb appeal. Many shrubs are evergreens that remain colorful and hold their shape year-round in any climate. Flowering shrubs add bursts of color throughout the year, and all are relatively easy to care for. Shrubs come in various heights and shapes so, for the best results, fit the type of shrub to the area required.

Golden Privet

The best shrubs for entranceways are generally low-height plants like golden privet. The golden privet is a short shrub that adds depth and texture to the area without blocking vital window views, house numbers, or even mail slots. Short shrubs have a tendency to grow wide. Take care to keep your shorter entranceway shrubs pruned to protect the pathway. If you allow shrubs to grow too wide for the area, when you prune them back, they may appear too thin. Frequent pruning keeps them thick and bushy.


These beautiful shrubs make great entranceway plants. They are usually short in stature, have flowers or berries that provide color, and are very easy to care for. Plant your deciduous shrubs far enough from the foundation so they do not touch the house, or interfere with walkways when full-grown. Azaleas add big, brilliant bursts in a wide variety of colors and are wonderful entrance shrubs.

River Birch

Use larger shrubs like the tall river birch at the corners and slowly decrease the size of the shrubs working in toward the door. Placing shrubs according to size in this manner draws the focus in to the entranceway in a pleasing manner.


Select broadleaf shrubs such as Azalea, butterfly, boxwood, currant, holly or Barberry. These shrubs have a full, thick appearance and stand up to shaping better than thinner, branchy varieties of shrubs. The boxwood shrub has small, broad leaves that make very good short border shrubs for entrance or walkways.


Not all shrubs remain green during the winter. To add spectacular color to the bare months, plant red and/or yellow dogwood in strategic spots in the entranceway. The brilliant colored stalks are beautiful even in the winter. Incorporate these shrubs with evergreens to add splashes of color that chase away winter doldrums when no flowers bloom.


About the Author


Tami Parrington is the author of five novels along with being a successful SEO and content writer for the past three years. Parrington's journalism experience includes writing for eHow on medical, health and home-related topics as well as writing articles about the types of animals she has raised for years.