Well-Designed Entry Gardens: Healthy, Welcoming, and Beautiful

plantings-dscn0212A well-designed Entry Garden welcomes you, your family, and guests daily. It’s the place you trek through on car or foot to gather the mail and perhaps the newspaper.

It’s the first place you see when you return home and the last place as you travel to work, school, or wherever. It’s beauty can cheer, soothe, delight, and relax you.

Think entry gardens rather than foundation plantings.  Foundation plantings just line up plants in a narrow bed to hide the foundation.


front-ic-1-021A well designed entry garden begins at the street, progresses along a drive, may include guest parking and a turn-out, and welcomes you as you park your car, your guests to an obvious path leading to an obvious doorway.

Walks and often walls, plantings, shaped planting beds, containers, and lighting are all a part of this welcoming space.


front-pe-front-dscn0288Plantings and shaped beds can frame a house making whatever architectural style look good. And make a house a home visually.

An entry garden can finesse awkward grades and solve other site issues.

Environmental, organic, and sustainable solutions can be part of the design objective.  Concepts like “right plant right place” horticulturally, spatially, and aesthetically create healthy long term plantings with lower ongoing maintenance.


Beautiful views from inside the house and the street, drive, to the front door offer four season appeal.

And as we all know, beauty is something special in our daily lives.


p-ot-front  082The design featured are just a few examples in a variety of styles I have created for my clients.

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