Walkways and entryways help guide your guests into you home. What better way to invite and entice your guests to enter than by using beautiful, fragrant plantings. By adding an eye-catching arrangement of fragrant, colorful flowers, you create a wecloming pathway into your home.
Accent your entrance. Use two large, urn-shaped or Terra-cotta containers, overflowing with beautiful annuals or perennials, to add visual interest and beckon your guests into your home. For example, place deep violet and white hyacinth bulbs into your pots and accent these with a spill-over plant—such as purple-flowering periwinkle, which will cascade down the sides of the pots. Use red grass—such as Pennisetum setaceum—and accent it with strongly-scented orange and yellow nasturtium. Some of the most fragrant flowers include four o’ clocks, heliotropes, sweet alyssum, moonflower vine, stock, sweet pea, angel’s trumpet and sweet William.
Match your plants to the exposure they will receive. For your entryway, often shrouded in shade because of your home’s eaves, choose plants that are shade-hardy, such as brightly-colored prim roses; fragrant, night-blooming jasmine; or hanging fuchsias in shades of violet, white and hot-pink. In the walkway use plants that appreciate lots of sunlight—such as delicate pink delphinium; lavender; English daises, in shades of pink, yellow, red or white; African daises, which feature deep violet-black petals; or multicolored, sweetly-scented irises.
Go big. Be sure to use tall containers, when placing them next to the doorway, so they are not dwarfed by the size of the door. For example, flank your entryway using two 24-inch urns as planters, to flank your front door. If tall urns are not your style, consider using two fish bowl, rectangular or square style planters, as long as the height is at least 20 inches. If planting in flower boxes next to the front door, be sure you use plants that will grow tall, such as gladiolus, dahlias or irises.
Add container plants to your walkway to form a welcoming path to your front door. Break up long walkways by using simple Terra-cotta or poly-resin planters, in shades of orange, brown, gray or black, and placing them on either side of the walk. Fill them with colorful, fragrant blossoms, which invite your guests up the walk and toward your front entrance. Some inexpensive floral ideas include filling the planters with multicolored pansies, marigolds, zinnias, cosmos or poppies.
Plant for the seasons. Even in winter months, use evergreen topiaries to add life to an otherwise barren yard. Planting crocuses for early spring, tulips for mid spring, roses for the summer and mums for fall will ensure you have a walkway and entryway filled with color throughout the seasons.
Back entryways need color too. Homeowners often forget about their backdoor entryways; however, this is the perfect place to plant herbs and vegetables used for cooking. Grow cherry tomatoes, basil, lemon balm, thyme, mint, sage, lavender or other strongly-scented herbs or vegetables near your backdoor, for easy access when cooking. If you have cats, place cat mint or cat nip in small, cat-themed containers, as an added treat for your feline friend.