Tips for Creating a Gorgeous Entryway Garden

Create a good first impression and amazing curb appeal with a welcoming front-door garden.

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Choose plants that will thrive in the site's soil, light and climate conditions. Jim and Meg Dalton's home in Middle Grove, N.Y., is located in a cold (USDA Zone 4) climate. The property is deeply shaded and the home's entrance faces north, so the plants have to be hardy and shade-tolerant. The Daltons chose a pleasing mix of conifers, deciduous trees and shrubs, and sturdy woodland perennials, including weeping white spruce (Picea glauca 'Pendula'), winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'), yellow twig dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea') and numerous varieties of hostas. The subtle shades of green foliage complement the Colonial-style home's colors of brick red and forest green.

Another tip: Use plants that suit your lifestyle, including low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants.

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