How to Add Curb Appeal With Colorful Walkway Plantings

Plant an inviting entry to make your house the envy of the whole neighborhood. A mixture of evergreens and annuals will mean an easy-to-maintain walkway that looks great year-round.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Tools and Materials

  • evergreen bushes (we used winter gem boxwoods)
  • annual plants (we used primroses)
  • garden soil
  • shovel
  • rake
  • hand trowel
  • kneeling pad
  • gloves
  • mulch

Skill Level: Beginner
Estimated Time: 1 day
Estimated Cost: $500

Lay Out Your Design

Designate the areas for the new garden bed. The areas nearest the ends of the walkway should be the widest. The lines of plants and bushes will draw guests into the house and accentuate the walkway. When choosing your plants, consider the amount of sunlight the walkway gets; one end may get more light than the other.

Plan for Proper Spacing

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Anchor your space with the moderate-growing evergreen bushes like boxwoods. Before you dig any holes, follow the instructions on the plants for the correct spacing and lay out the plants in their appropriate locations. Plants should have enough room to expand roots and mature. 

Sprinkle In Flowering Plants

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Place the flowers in alternating groups around the evergreens to add pops of color throughout.

Plant Evergreens

Dig the holes for the evergreens, adding a bit of nutrient-rich garden soil at the bottom of each hole and breaking up the root balls before putting the plants in their places. Use the disposable pot as a guide for how deep and wide to dig the hole. A good rule of thumb is to dig the hole roughly 2x the width and the exact depth of the container. Plants should have enough room to expand roots and the crown of the plant should sit right at the top of the soil line. 

Add Annuals 

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Fill in around the evergreens with additional garden soil and start planting the flowers. The same rules apply for adding a nutrient-rich garden soil in the hole and around the plant.

Provide TLC

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Mina Starsiak of Good Bones partners with Lowes. Not to be used for alternative clients/purposes.

Photo by: Gary Payne

Gary Payne

Water the plants to ensure they take root and mulch around them to help deter weed growth.

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