First impressions matter. For most homes, the front door and porch reflect who you are and how guests and neighbors perceive you as a homeowner. Bright flowers and colorful foliage are the easiest ways to bump up your curb appeal. Turn your home’s entry into an inviting focal point with some of our favorite front door plant combinations for maximum curb appeal.
Mix it Up
To add visual interest, vary the plant and container sizes and colors, and arrange them on multiple levels. Creeping phlox makes an excellent low-height or trailing plant in containers. It’s hardy and boasts pretty, star-shaped blossoms that come in red, pink, lavender, or white. Pair it with something like spring bulbs and columbine (Aquilegia hybrida) for a beautiful contrast.
Don’t be afraid to replace some plants as the season progresses. Some flowers can peter out over time, and that’s perfectly normal. Gently remove the plant, and add in some late-season bloomers. Think brightly colored annuals in the spring and summer and plant flowers with autumn hues (reds, oranges, and yellows) in the fall. Pansies in spring, petunias in summer, or chrysanthemums in fall are all great choices.
Going with native plants will attract native pollinators such as native bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, and hummingbirds. There are approximately 2,100 native plants in Pennsylvania, so the choices are endless! One of a group of great native plants in the daisy family, helenium offers cheery yellow, orange, or red blooms in the late summer and fall. We suggest pairing it with purple asters, goldenrod, Russian sage, dahlias, or ornamental grasses.
Sometimes all you need is one starring plant in a pot. It should be dramatic in its growth habit, upright, and sculptural, or cascading, for example. One of our favorite summertime solo players is hibiscus. We know what you’re thinking and yes, hibiscus in Pennsylvania can work! Hardy hibiscus varieties produce flowers of a size rare for plants that can survive cold winters. They can be planted in spring or fall (as long as there is no risk of frost) and grow quickly. The delicate and showy flowers boast colors of blues, pinks, reds, and whites.
Adding pizzazz to your home’s front entrance is an easy, low-cost way to up your home’s curb appeal. But it’s not the only way. Front yard landscaping is perhaps one of the most overlooked landscaping opportunities by homeowners. But it can pay off in beauty and resale value. The professionals at PA Landscape Group, Inc. will help you select the perfect combination of plants, shrubs, and trees for your yard. Plus, our expert installation team will make sure the job is done right. Once your landscape is installed, we don’t forget about it. We offer a terrific and total property maintenance package. Whether it’s routine maintenance, such as weeding, fertilizing, pruning and trimming, or seasonal services to keep it looking beautiful, we’ve got you and your plants covered.