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An Inviting Entrance: Driveway Entrance Landscaping

An Inviting Entrance: Driveway Entrance Landscaping

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August 28, 2006

Tips to help make your driveway entrance landscaping inviting and appealing.

The entrance to your driveway is the first step visitors take to your home. It can set mood and create inviting perception of style for new guests. All too often the driveway looks like an afterthought to a carefully designed home. Creating aesthetically pleasing driveway entrance landscaping can make your home appear stately and stylish. Don't go checking your savings, or applying for a loan. Effective driveway entrance landscaping doesn't have to be a large financial investment. You'll be amazed at what a few simple additions can do to improve your driveway entrance landscaping.

To plan your driveway entrance landscaping, start by considering the architectural style of your home. Keep in mind that harmony and balance are crucial to effective landscaping. You'll want your choices to compliment the overall theme and style of your exterior design and landscape. You have several choices of additions you can make as you choose your driveway entrance landscaping.

The addition of an entry arch or pillars can do much for your driveway entrance. Adding simple four to six foot columns bordered with a raised bed for plants can give your driveway instant appeal.

Driveway Entrance Landscaping

A less expensive alternative to columns or pillars is to add exterior concrete figures to your entrance complimented with shrubs or trees. Whatever you choose make sure it compliments your existing structures and landscaping theme.

To really stand out and make an impression, consider adding a gate to your driveway entrance landscaping. You'll find driveway gates in a variety of materials, styles and colors. You can even have one custom designed to suit your particular interest and tastes.

If you don't want to add permanent fixtures, you can always plant trees in large pots and set alongside your driveway entrance. This can be especially appealing if you're not planning to stay in your home or you simply want to improve the curb appeal to help sell your home. This can help to increase perceived value as well as give the impression of a well maintained home.

Regardless of your choice of driveway entrance landscaping, keep the basic concept of balance and harmony in mind and your choices will work.

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