Dooryard Garden

The entryway garden is typically the most visible of a homeowner’s gardens. This garden should capture the attention of the visitor, and passerby alike, as it draws one’s attention to the main entrance of the home. The front door is the focal point of the entryway garden hence the name dooryard garden. The goal of a dooryard garden is, not only to add curb appeal, but also to guide the steps of the visitor to the front door. Keep this in mind as you plan the dooryard garden and frame it so it will conduct the visitor along a direct, but enjoyable path, toward the door rather than sending them along a meandering tour of the front yard. Notice the photos below. This is a perfect example of a dooryard garden which frames the pathway to the front door of the home. This garden is obviously planned as a multiple season garden. The Autumn garden is truly colorful and draws the eye up and along the path in an enjoyable walk to the front door. The warm season garden is more muted, but still adequately frames the path to the front door. Also note that the design of the gardens matches the style of the home.

Before planting the dooryard garden take into consideration the style and scale of the home. A neoclassic or upscale home would appear dilapidated with a profusion of rambling cottage-style plants as a dooryard garden. This style of home would be given a touch of elegance with the clean lines of evergreen topiary flanking either side of the entryway. An under planting of blooming annuals would work nicely as an accent to the elegant topiaries.

This marvelous chateau would seem ridiculous with a cottage style garden planted along its entryway. However the elegantly manicured evergreens are formal and quite appropriate to the scale and architecture of the chateau.

o we see that the type and size of plants to use in a dooryard garden are determined by several factors one being the dimensions of a home. There are many resources available to the gardener simply do the research to determine the best plants for your particular home’s style. Keep in mind that guests will stop amid your dooryard garden to ring the doorbell so put in a variety of lovely plants for them to gaze at as they wait for you to answer the door. You might also want to toss in a miniature fairy house, a gazing ball or other decorative statuary to impress your guests as they admire your dooryard garden.

The graceful lines of a Grecian statue surrounded by the fern-like foliage of the Falsespirea, Sorbaria sorbifolia, as in the photograph would be an attractive addition to a dooryard garden. The Falsespirea grows to a height of 5′-10′ tall and nearly as wide, so it is better suited to a large dooryard garden.

A pretty garden bench for people to rest on adds beauty and practicality. Give it a backdrop of fragrant flowers and your guests will never want to leave.

To create atouch of romantic ambiance in your dooryard garden plant fragrant climbing roses to frame the front door, at the entrance to the porch or even on an arbor or fence within the garden. The delicate sent of roses will waft into your home each time a guest enters. That is to say, if you can get them out of your beautiful dooryard garden and into the house.

If you haven’t the room for, or the capability to care for, a dooryard garden then try container plants as an alternative. Containers make wonderful additions to a porch, the front door steps and even look well flanking the front door. The overall look is dependent upon the type of planter you choose. ~For a whimsical touch try a trash to treasure container.~