What you see when you stand at the curb and gaze upon your St. Louis Park house is known as “curb appeal,” an aspect of the home that can make or break a sale. Just as every room within the home should have a focal point, so, too, should the exterior. That focal point is typically the area that leads to the front door and the door itself.
What do folks see as they approach your home? If it’s less than compelling, get to work adding some appeal.
Things to Keep in Mind
The experts at Environmental Landscape Associates suggest that there are three elements to consider when thinking about landscape design:
- Principles – ensuring that your design complements your home’s architectural style.
- Program – how will you utilize the space? Is the entry merely a lead-in to the home or will you add entertainment spaces as well?
- Elements – these are the tangible ingredients of the design, such as bricks, pavers, plants and more.
High end homes often demand a more formal front entry area. Formal design should be symmetrical, with both sides of the entryway identical. Shaped hedges, elegant groundcovers and hardscapes with patterns are common to formal landscapes. If you’ll be adding hedges, consider boxwood, rosemary or juniper.
Don’t neglect the front door area – provide the door with a frame by placing dramatic containers holding identical plants on each side of it.
Informal Entryway Ideas
Informal plans are more creative in that you have a wider choice of hardscape materials and plants.
Irregularly set natural stone pathways, an eclectic mix of shrubs and flowering plants and more casual edging materials are all elements of an informal design.
If your home’s walkway to the front door is concrete you can soften it by lining it with plants that lend a softer feel. These include dusty millers and begonias, coleus and hostas.
Regardless of the formal or informal feel of the landscaping near the front door, give it year-round appeal. According to the experts at the University of Minnesota, you can accomplish this by using both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. Native plants, such as pine, fir, spruce (skip the Colorado blue spruce – it doesn’t do well in Minnesota) and arborvitae are good choices.
Once you determine what you will be planting, it’s time to figure out where you’ll plant. When you are attempting to draw attention to the front entryway you’ll want to put the larger plants at the far ends of the home and then add progressively smaller plants as you move toward the door.
If you group plants, do so in odd numbers for the informal scheme and even numbers if yours is formal, according to University of Missouri Extension agents.
Whether the walkway to the front door of your St. Louis Park home heads right for it or meanders, the landscaping along the way should blend with the home’s style and provide year-round appeal.