First impressions matter, and what better way of greeting visitors than having a front door or porch surrounded by beautiful plants? Here are some of my favourite plants to frame your front door for a big impact…

Start from the bottom

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It’s not just about the plants that you choose though. Think about the container that you are planting in because this can add to the impact too. Statement pots come in many shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find something to match your aesthetic.

Opt for tall matte black planters to complement a contemporary or minimalist style home. Alternatively, choose a warmly coloured ceramic planter that will add personality to the space.

1. Photinia serratifolia (photinia) ‘Pink Crispy’

This evergreen has wonderful marble effect on the leaves with green and cream markings. When the leaves are young, they are bright pink, bringing vibrancy and fun to the mix, before turning marbled green. The colours provide structure all year round and the compact growth makes it a perfect contender for topiary plants to frame your front door.

  • Evergreen foliage and flowers in spring
  • Hardy through most of the UK
  • Grows up to 1.75m tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered
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2. Salix integra (flamingo willow) ‘Flamingo’

The new leaves of this plant are blotted pink and white, fading to green as they mature. The slightly drooped appearance of the branches gives an informal and relaxed feel, for a warm welcome. Yellow catkins bloom in spring before the leaves for added texture and interest.

  • Deciduous foliage and flowers in spring
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 2.5m tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Exposed or sheltered
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3. Syringa meyeri (lilac) ‘Palibin’

The slow-growing, bushy habit of this lilac has dark green leaves that are joined by small lilac-pink flowers in spring and summer that have a lovely scent. This small tree is very versatile, lending itself to beds and borders as well as in pretty planters on you front steps.

  • Deciduous foliage and flowers in spring
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 1.5m tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Exposed or sheltered
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4. Euonymus fortunei (spindle) ‘Emerald Gaiety’

For structure at your front door all year round, this small bushy evergreen shrub has rounded leaves with variegated green and cream markings. They are a good option as a wall shrub too. When pruned into a rounded form, they look striking and are a fantastic choice as a welcome to guests.

  • Evergreen foliage
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 1m tall
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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5. Weigela (weigela) ‘Florida Variegata’

The narrow mid-green leaves of this deciduous shrub are edged with cream markings, adding depth to the foliage. When the light pink, funnel-shaped flowers bloom in spring, they’ll add some charm to your front door. Pollinators will be sure to appreciate these blooms too.

  • Deciduous foliage and flowers in spring
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows up to 2.5m tall
  • Moist but well-drained
  • Full shade, full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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6. Laurus nobilis (bay tree)

This evergreen shrub had long, leathery leaves that are aromatic and are also great in cooking. What’s more, the flowers that bloom in spring are popular with pollinators, and the glossy black berries that grow in autumn give extra interest. So, it’s an all-round winner.

  • Evergreen foliage
  • Hardy through most of the UK
  • Can grow up to 12m tall
  • Well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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7. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson’s cypress) ‘Columnarius’

This is a fantastic upright conifer with fragrant blue-green foliage that brings structure all year. The columnar shape makes it perfect to frame a doorway, adding height to either side of the entrance.

  • Evergreen foliage
  • Fully hardy
  • Can grow up to 12m tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Exposed or sheltered
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8. Hibiscus syriacus (rose of Sharon) ‘Marina’

From late summer to autumn the blue-purple flowers bloom with red centres, for beautiful depth. They add elegance to the display, complementing the dark green leaves. They are well suited to a countryside or cottage style home.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 2.5m tall
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
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9. Skimmia japonica (skimmia) ‘Rubella’

Next is a bushy evergreen shrub that has dark green leaves that are joined by panicles of red buds that open up as fragrant white blooms in spring. The compact growth makes it well suited to sit in a statement pot next to your front door where pollinators will pay it a visit.

  • Evergreen foliage and flowers in spring
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 1.5m tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
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10. Daphne odora (gold-edged winter daphne) ‘Aureomarginata’

Lastly is a compact evergreen shrub that has leathery leaves that are margined with a yellow-cream line. The clusters of pink flowers bloom from pink buds, that have a delightful fragrance which is a joy to smell when walking through your front door in spring.

  • Evergreen foliage and flowers in spring
  • Hardy through most of the UK
  • Grows up to 1.5m tall
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered
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So, make a good first impression by framing your door with these wonderful plants that add height, fragrance and visual beauty. They’ll give you a warm welcome home with their flowers and foliage. Let me know your favourite plants to frame doorways in the comments.

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