Entryway gardens are prime real estate in your landscape. They are the only part you are guaranteed to see every day and they are the first impression when a visitor comes to the door. If you're not in a position to renovate the entire entryway landscape, sprucing up the entrance to your home with a couple simple container plantings is the easy solution.
Start with two identical pots or planters (of the material that best suits the exterior of your home — wood, terra cotta, decorative cement, etc.) and plant a matching pair of plants in each one. The use of symmetry is the oldest design method in the book and is a failsafe way to create a sense of order and balance around your home — two qualities that you can't go wrong with.
In choosing the plants, there is also one simple rule: plant something with a pronounced upright growth habit in the middle of each pot and surround it with soft, trailing foliage that spills over the edges of the containers. The vertical accent is like a beacon, saluting you when you arrive home each day, while the flowing foliage is like a warm embrace — the perfect yin and yang. Here are a few example pairs.
Try Variegated dwarf New Zealand Flax with 'Homestead Purple' trailing verbena
|New Zealand Flax||Verbena|
Try 'Sky Pencil' Japanese holly with 'Giant Snowflake' bacopa
Try 'Hicks' hybrid yew with 'Aurea' creeping Jenny