Coleus and succulents compliment a front door
Marion Brenner

Garden Entrance

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.

palms planted in a terra cotta jar
Marie O'Hara

Easy Style

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.

potted plants line stairs to the back door
Bjorn Svensson

Pretty Simple

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.

blue pots planted with easy plants
Sunset Books, Norm Plate

Blue Nostalgia

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.

contemporary garden with Asian flair
Allan Mandell

Orient Expressions

In the entry to this contemporary Asian-influenced house, pots of ornamental grasses and huge specimen hostas hold their own against the striking architecture.

container plant by the door features multiple layers of flowers
Charles Mann

Singular Impact

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.

square planter complements the symmetry of a doorway
Janet Davis

Think Symmetry

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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