A floral entrance is an outdoors decorating idea that will set your house apart from the others. It is also a pleasant welcome for your visitors, who will be greeted at the door by the flowers’ beauty and fragrant scent. In regard to planting, there is always an opportunity to decorate your home’s entrance with flowers, regardless of whether the door opens directly onto the garden, on a terrace or onto the street.

If your front door opens onto the garden, you can choose between in-ground planting and planting in containers. If your door is on the street side, growing in containers is still feasible. However, you must check with local authorities if this requires a special authorization. In some cases, especially on busy roads, it is not allowed to install flowers in containers for reasons of public safety. Nevertheless, most of the time, except in exceptional situations, town halls encourage this kind of initiative. Indeed, this embellishes the town or village and contributes to achieving environmental goals, particularly the protection of the environment.

What type of culture to flower the entrance of your home?

If it is possible to perform in-ground planting, you just have to choose the most suitable flowerbed for your home’s façade. Carefully study the surface of the wall to be adorned as well as the composition of the ground on which planting will be undertaken. The flowers’ decorative style should be consistent with your home’s architecture. Nonetheless, avoid overcrowding which could yield bad results and obstruct access to the entrance, or traffic in the case that your entrance opens onto an alley. If in-ground planting is not possible, you can resort to flower boxes. If installation is done on a terrace, you can choose from many beautiful potteries available on the market or large modern-style trays. Choose the size of your containers depending on the surface of your deck in order to avoid an overly crowded decoration. On the other hand, if your house is on a public street, prefer relatively simple and heavy trays that go well with the style of your home. As such, you will avoid the risk of having your flower boxes stolen. Similarly, choose containers of reasonable size to avoid blocking the public highway.

Which flowers to choose for decorating your home’s façade?

The choice of flowers will always be related to the style of your home and to the growing method. Anyway, choose plants with beautiful and pleasantly scented flowers. For in-ground planting, you can choose rose bushes, all the while being careful to remove the thorns on a length of 60 inches (1.5 meter). For a traditional-style house, plants with flexible stems such as blanket flowers or soap’s wort, give an entrance a nice visual effect. Daphne odora is an exceptional plant for keeping an entrance in permanent bloom, even in winter. This plant, which is a small flowery shrub with a very exotic fragrance, provides the main façade with a magnificent decoration. You can combine it with ground cover plants that will keep the soil moist during the warm seasons. For a modern house, you can opt for a regular flowerbed, such as begonia, which can be combined with perennials so that flowering persists in winter. If you grow in containers, avoid vigorous plants. Choose those that are flexible and space-saving as they will grow well in pots. You can also choose climbing plants for in-ground planting or growing in containers if you have sufficient available height. They will make a nice frame around the main entrance. Depending on your preference, several interesting varieties exist. There are those that require training, but will also enhance your home’s decoration, as is the case of clematis. Some, such as wisteria or honeysuckle, need to have their growth strictly controlled and therefore require more frequent monitoring. For a perfect ensemble, combine the climbing plants with perennials such as begonias or gazania. In all cases, avoid poisonous plants or those that may cause irritation or allergies.

How to maintain a flowery entrance?

The good planting period depends on the flower variety. For example, perennials root best when they are planted in autumn. Find out this information when purchasing plants. Before planting, one must prepare the ground well. Proceed to the removal of stones and weeds, before thoroughly tilling the ground. Then, dig holes for the plants. For shrubs, avoid digging them too close. Meanwhile, moisten the plants bought in pots by dipping them in a bucket of water. Next, remove the plants from their containers and put them in the planting holes. After planting, water the plants at their base. Set up a stake to help them develop properly, especially in the case of climbing plants that need to be trained. Now you just have to water regularly and ensure proper maintenance. Remove wilted flowers and remember to apply flower fertilizer. Check their growth and shorten the stems if the plant starts to overcrowd.

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Published in Home by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011