The entry of your home is the place that gives guests their first preview of what lies beyond the doors. If the front of your house is rather dull and colorless, the same might be expected for the inside. One of the standard principles of landscape design is adding color to a home’s entry that is attractive to the eye and inviting to visitors, and it’s easy to create an inviting entrance with a splash of color.
Color can be added in a variety of ways, and plants are a great way to do this. By placing smaller, colorful plants along the entry path, we create an inviting gateway to the front door for guests. Arrange plants in groups of 3, or more, for maximum impact. Putting large rocks (boulders) next to plants adds another attractive element, as it creates contrasting shape and texture alongside plants.
It’s important to use plants that are attractive through most of the year as the entry is a high-profile area where people can see plants up close. Plants that work well along entryways are those resistant to frost damage, which include angelita daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis), blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum), ‘Blue Elf’ aloe (Aloe x ‘Blue Elf’), and golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) to name a few.
For color throughout the year, select plants with overlapping seasons like damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana) and penstemon (Penstemon spp.) for cool-season interest and lantana (Lantana spp.) for vibrant blooms spring through fall.
Flowering annuals have long been a favorite way to create colorful interest alongside the entry to a home. They can be switched out seasonally and changed from year to year, building a new look to outdoor spaces.
Adding color to shady entry areas can be especially challenging, as few plants flower in the shade. One way to get around this is to place a colorful pot in a vibrant shade of blue. The color comes from the container, which can be planted with shade-loving succulents such as elephant’s food (Portulacaria afra), or a leafy green plant like cast iron (Aspidistra elatior). If you don’t want the task of watering your pot, you can avoid using plants and fill it with decorative bamboo stakes or curly willow branches from your local craft store. Dried flowering agave stalks or ocotillo canes make an excellent filler for colorful pots with a Southwestern flair.
Entry areas with a porch allow for other ways to introduce color. Select a bench in your favorite bright color or place colorful pillows on the chairs of a small bistro set to decorate the front of your house, which will create instant interest and is an easy way to add appeal to your outdoor space.
By using one, or more, of these colorful tips, you’ll be able to create an inviting entry with a splash of color that will increase the curb appeal of your home while welcoming guests.