Choose plants that are in scale with the house. The mixed border at the entrance to this Portland, Ore., home includes plants with multi-season color, long bloom time and eye-catching foliage. The layered plantings soften the home's foundation.
Dwarf evergreens placed on each side of the steps draw attention to the front entrance. A blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica f. glauca) marks the end of the sidewalk and adds height. Designed by Margaret de Haas van Dorsser, of Margaret's Enchanted Gardens