When I’m asked what makes my entry garden so compelling, I have to laugh because it is a particularly hard question to answer. When I force myself to think about it, maybe the garden is enticing because of the feeling it evokes. My front garden sets an interesting tone and lets people know that a gardener who loves plants, wildlife, and her family lives here. And because our entry garden is a reflection of who we are, it makes people feel instantly welcome in our space. It doesn’t matter if you know every genus and species in the beds because the beds create a relaxing, inviting, and intriguing atmosphere.
Walking down the path to our front door is always an experience; you never know what will catch your eye next—be it a turquoise-colored rock, a dive-bombing butterfly, or a twisted agave. No matter what you’re drawn to during your journey, you have to slow down and take it all in as you walk. The entry garden might be the only outdoor space that people get to see during their visit, so it’s important to make it dynamic—something that they enjoy and never forget, making them want to come back. Selecting plants with special attributes and infusing personal touches into the garden are the keys to designing an entry that will make everyone happy.