A landscape is enticing because of the feeling it evokes.
Entry gardens are especially important to making people feel welcome in your space because our outdoor environments ‘speak’ to visitors before anything else they see upon approaching the home.
The best entry gardens are relaxing, inviting, and interesting. Walking a path to the front door might be a short journey, but make it enjoyable with special attributes and personal touches and it will be something that a visitor won’t soon forget.
Outdoor Craftsmen is well-known for crafting stunning entry gardens and walkways. Here, we share some of our front entry design secrets:
- Orient visitors in the right direction. An intriguing outdoor sculpture or inviting arch shows visitors the way.
- Choose plants that have specific roles. It is important to make a good first impression, not be annoyed by it. Outdoor Craftsmen designs entry gardens with continuous, bending borders of trees, shrubs, and plants to create a smooth, flowing effect that puts others at ease and makes them feel comfortable (even if subconsciously).
- Entry gardens are often narrow, so we intentionally include vertical plants and shrubs to draw the eye upward and from one area of the path to the next.
- We remember wildlife. It is wonderful to include plantings that enchant by attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds. While we work bee-friendly plants into the greater landscape, we are careful to distance them from the front entry, where not everyone may be enamored of busy bees as they approach your front door.
- Make it yours. We encourage including personal touches that sets a positive mood for visitors. Nestling interesting objects along the path and in the garden beds represents your family and adds year-round color and interest.
- Speaking of year-round interest – we’re sure to incorporate four-season plans into our designs to keep the entry looking fresh and friendly. We imbue seasonal updates with bulbs in spring, annuals in summer, mums and asters in fall, and evergreens, ornamental grasses, and shrubs with berries in winter.
- We use plants that suit your lifestyle including low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and deer resistant if necessary or requested.
- Landscape for safety. We consider lighting, sturdy walkways, and easily visible house numbers that complement the hues of the home while saying ‘stylish and elegant’.
Your front entry forms guests’ first impression; we make it count!