Color and structure make this entry garden a standout. The architectural shapes of succulents complement the simple lines of the house, while the red tones of coleus play off its adobe colored walls.
A rustic stuccoed house with a Mediterranean feel meets its match in this low-key yet sophisticated planting. A tall terra-cotta jar, with a palm in the center, echoes the strong vertical lines of the doorway.
An entryway that is as unpretentious as this one calls for an equally down-home planting scheme. Simple terra-cotta pots of geraniums, petunias, pansies, and nasturtiums fill the bill perfectly. Note that the pots are set as close as possible to the stair rail, allowing free passage up and down the steps.
The pale shingled wall of an old-fashioned porch forms the perfect backdrop for a pair of blue ceramic pots filled with equally old-fashioned blooms. Given basic care, these trouble free performers will strut their stuff all summer long. The cast includes geraniums, petunias, sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), common heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens), and daisies.
In the entry to this contemporary Asian-influenced house, pots of ornamental grasses and huge specimen hostas hold their own against the striking architecture.
To accent the stylish door, a single well-designed container features curly straw-colored sedge, along with hot tones and multiple layers of zinnias, strawflowers (Helichrysum bracteatum), petunias, and geraniums.
A lead planter echoes the symmetrical lines of a formal doorway. Red geraniums, purple violas, and blue lobelia add a splash of color.
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