Front Door Makeover
SEASON: Late Winter
CONCEPT: A few well-chosen plants and a few hours’ work can invigorate a nondescript entry.
Sometimes the simplest landscaping projects pack a surprisingly big punch. This design uses only a few plants and can be easily installed in a single weekend. Yet this small investment of time and money can transform one of the most important parts of your property, welcoming visitors to your home as well as presenting a pleasing face to passers by.
Small plantings often suffer from busyness—too many different kinds of plants in too little space. This design makes a bold display with just five different plants. Potted shrubs and upright viburnums with a skirt of candytuft frame the doorway, while low masses of pinks and daylilies border the walkway. There are pretty flowers and a variety of foliage textures to catch the eye, as well as a subtle mix of scents. The planting is enticing to visitors but not overpowering. And it offers a pleasant spot to chat as guests enter or leave the house.
Plants and Projects
This simple planting is easy to maintain. Clip the candytuft after its spring bloom to encourage rebloom in the fall. Deadhead the daylilies and pinks to keep them tidy. As the years pass, you may need to prune the heavenly bamboo and viburnum in spring or fall to keep them an attractive size.