Landscaping Front Foundation Doors and EntrywayGardens

24 Sep

Can you see your front door from the road is the first question. Hopefully the answer is yes. If it isn’t, like in the photo below, we have some work to do in order to create much needed curb appeal.

I would be fearful walking this path to the front door. The landscape is dated and overgrown. Wax myrtle plants should never be installed beside a walkway, unless maintained properly.

Your front foundation entryway garden needs to be:

  • Low in height
  • More colorful than other parts of the landscape (add annuals)
  • Free of thorns
  • Will not overtake the walkway
  • Evergreen (needs to look great year round)

Here is a wonderful entryway planting accented by outdoor pots flanking the door, along with statues. They have also added a pop of color with seasonal annuals. Some may view as a pain to install annuals every year, however they are the only plants blooming throughout the entire growing season. If only planting annuals in one spot, install close to your front door entryway. Visitors will feel welcome.

It is so important to know how large a shrub will mature before installing by your entryway. These 2 pieris plants below need to be removed and replaced with a more suitable plant like Steed’s Holly, Dwarf Alberta Spruce or Otto Luyken Laurels.

Here is an attempt to add interest by installing an outdoor water feature. There are so many things wrong with this one, I will leave it alone for now. If you desire to place a water feature at your front foundation entryway, be sure it:

  • Compliments the color of your house
  • Is blended into the surrounding landscape with plants
  • Electricity is run below walkway
  • Illuminated in the evening hours
  • Size proportionate to the home and walkway
  • Water feature style compliments style of home
  • Is in working order

Below is a lovely front foundation entryway garden. It is clean and crisp. You know where the front door is located being highlighted by 2 Dwarf Alberta Spruce. This home has curb appeal all year round and is very low maintenance.

I hope these suggestions offer ideas to freshen up your front foundation doors and entryway gardens.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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3 responses to “Landscaping Front Foundation Doors and EntrywayGardens

  1. Michael Wright

    May 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm


    You did an outstanding job of sprucing up my house for the spring. I did not give you much guidance, but you certainly went to work.

    You moved existing plants and installed new ones with added mulch and bark chips. The mulch even had a design. My home looks presentable again. Anyone needing a fresh look including those trying to sell should call Diana.

    Thanks Again
    Michael Wright


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