These identical houses could stand apart from each other with additional shrubs and bedding plants to accent and individualize the front entries.
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Entryways into buildings make a statement about a building's use. It can convey a sense of care or of neglect. Think of the space between the sidewalk or driveway and the building as a sequence of spaces. Access can be direct and quick or slow and deliberate.
In general, the main entrance should be easy to locate. Paving, plants, lighting, and other objects can be used to enhance or as a guide leading toward the entryway. Designs can be formal, informal, or a combination or styles.
Formal and semi-formal features accent the front entry of this Spanish style house.
Using water wise plants to define access to your home is a great way to showcase your entryway. A water wise entryway simply substitutes lower water use plants and more permeable paving materials to create a strong statement.
Combining a variety of plant forms and heights can accentuate the entryway but may also detract from it. For instance, tall large shrubs near the doorway may obstruct the entry and make it appear uninviting or insignificant.
Understanding mature plant size will help keep from trimming or replacing plants at a later date.