No matter how attractive it is, a home can look even better with good landscaping. Stretch your creativity by going beyond sheared shrubs. Instead, decorate your front entrance with a bright mix of flowering plants.
- Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), Zones 4–8
- Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Zones 5–9
- White coneflower (Echinacea hybrid), Zones 3–9
- Spirea (Spiraea japonica Magic Carpet), Zones 4–9
- Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), Zones 4–9
- Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’), Zones 5–9
- Sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’), Zones 3–10
- Dianthus (Dianthus chinensis), Zones 9–11 or annual
- Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’), Zones 3–10
- Shrub rose (Rosa Knock Out), Zones 4–9
- Dwarf burning bush (Euonymus alatus), Zones 4–9
Container gardens are an easy way to decorate porches and stoops. You can also place them in the garden because container-grown plants have more visual presence. These terra cotta pots were painted white and later sanded for an aged appearance. Then they were filled with easy-growing annuals such as vinca and petunia. Tip: For a pleasing look, mix up the size of pots but match their color and style.
Coneflower, Russian Sage, and Phlox
You can coordinate plant colors, too, such as the pink and purple in this garden. White goes easily with pastels, so it’s a snap to inject crisp contrast with a white-flowered coneflower in the bed and white vinca and petunias in pots.
This underappreciated perennial gets its name from the balloon-shape flower buds, which eventually open to large star-shape flowers. Balloon flower is a good front-of-border plant because it grows in small clumps and won’t overstep its bounds. A bonus: The purple-blue hues are uncommon in the garden.
Magic Carpet spirea is a neat and compact shrub boasting pink flowers in summer. But it’s the foliage that really sets this spirea apart. New leaves open red before eventually maturing to gold. Then, in fall, foliage takes on rich russet hues. At 18–24 inches tall, Magic Carpet is small enough to use in a flower border.
Daylilies are tough, dependable perennials and ‘Stella de Oro’ is one of the most popular varieties because it blooms for an extended period if spent flower stalks are removed. The fronds on this dwarf variety grow only a foot tall, so it won’t overpower nearby companions. The large yellow flowers, however, reach up another 18 inches, making them hard to miss.
Feather Reed Grass
This ornamental grass features an arching habit topped with feathery stalks that turn golden brown in fall. Foliage reaches just 18–24 inches in height, but the decorative flower stalks can more than double that when mature.
With the right landscaping, you’ll have a pretty entryway garden to enjoy throughout the gardening season.