Create an ever-changing front-door garden

Home and Garden TelevisionJune 21, 2013 

Create a good first impression and amazing curb appeal with a welcoming front-door garden.

Change the look of the garden throughout the year. Give your entry garden seasonal updates with bulbs in spring, annuals in summer, mums in fall and evergreens for winter. Containers can be moved around to alter the look.

Create focal points between the street and the house. Match the hardscaping and plants to the architectural style of the home. Choose plants that will thrive in the site’s soil, light and climate conditions.

Another tip: Use plants that suit your lifestyle, including low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants.

Choose plants that are in scale with the house and combine annuals with established foundation plants to give the landscape new life and a fresh look.

Landscape for safety – include lighting, sturdy walkways and easily visible house numbers. Plan your landscape to be enjoyed from all angles and to appeal to the senses. Fountains and waterfalls mask urban noise and fragrant plants scent the air.

Accent the front door. If you paint the door a vibrant color – robin’s-egg blue or red, for example – white roses would look lovely flanking the walkway.

Use a mix of perennials, shrubs and trees to create layers of color and texture.

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