Front Door Container Gardens That Will Impress Guests
First impressions matter. For most homes, the front door and porch reflect who you are and how guests, passerbys, and neighbors perceive you as a homeowner. Just as you wouldn’t neglect the décor on the inside of your home, it’s absolutely necessary to give the outside and front door the TLC and attention it deserves, too. To put your potting skills to good use, you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money. In fact, something as simple as a freshly painted front door can make a bold, cheerful statement. Likewise, a high-gloss or matte wood finish applied to doors also creates an inviting entryway. For instant front door and curb appeal, decorate your home’s entrance using one of these 30 creative container garden ideas that are packed with bright blooms, seasonal herbs, and fall foliage. After all, a first impression can be a lasting impression; why not make yours a beautiful one at first knock?
The Elegance of Boxwood
Green and white always feels like the right mix for spring. Birmingham floral designer Mark Thompson planted a tall, tidy boxwood topiary in a charming container that can accent the sidewalk year-round.
Winning Combination: Free-flowing, evergreen star jasmine vines plus fragrant lemon thyme (a perennial) can stay planted around the topiary’s base. Add a blooming spring annual, like ‘Phloxstar White’ phlox, to take center stage. Craving a bolder color? He
suggests swapping out the phlox for violas or pansies, which are also early-spring favorites.
Long-Lasting Look: Give this arrangement full sun to part shade, and water regularly. Trim the star jasmine when needed. After spring, replace the phlox with a fresh summer annual (we like sunny marigolds) that can tolerate the container’s conditions.
This front entrance and walkway is the epitome of patriotic pride. Glossy red double doors, crisp white trim, and pots of blue hydrangeas form to make a beautiful, all-American palette for the start of summer.
Play the Blues
Got the blues? Embrace spring with this zesty contrast to a beautiful cobalt blue door. Flanking the entrace are satsuma mandarin topiaries stuffed inside sapphire-glazed ceramic pots. Zinnias, lantanas, and cosmos in citrusy hues spill graciously out of the blue pots.
Tradition With a Twist
French doors complement a balanced arrangement of 'Blue Point' junipers, 'Ogon Gold' Acorus, and creeping Jenny, tucked in concrete footed urns. Additional color in the smaller planterns are courtesy of yellow and crimson Liberty snapdragons, marigolds, crimson dianthus, and more creeping Jenny.
The vibrant red and orange colors of a sunrise and sunset are artfully mimicked in this entryway container combo. Chinese fan palms, scarlet bromeliads, and gold-variegated acuba and ivy are incorporated in complementary earthenware planters.
Visitors will marvel at this arched wood door and surrounding evergreen vines. To match the rounded door, we added large urns planted with sago palms.
Romantic Stair Step Pots
Dress up your stairs and walkway with potted plants and flowers. Here, a trio of colorful containers are filled with 'Caliente Pink' geraniums, 'Surfinia Rose Veined' petunias, and 'Techno Heat Light Blue' lobelias, set against a bright turquoise door for the ultimate welcome.
Green to Envy
It's not easy being green, but it certainly is captivating! Allow this bold color to greet guests at the front door, along with complementary verdant and seafoam colored flowers and foliage, such as salvia, rosemary, coleus, and kale.
Every container garden should have a showstopping floral and plant display, and it doesn't get more dramatic than elephant's ear. Surround the oversize leaves with small, colorful bulbs to brighten concrete urns all summer long.
Peaches and Cream
This coral shade peps up a regal front door, and tall planters heighten the entrance. Wax-leaf ligustrum topiaries, creeping Jenny, and variegated English ivy command attention in this sophisticated, elegant entryway.
Hanging Fern Container
During the warm months of spring and summer in the South, flowering hanging ferns are a great choice to adorn decks and porches.
Traditional Freestanding Container
Here, we play with shapes and sizes in various pots grouped closely together, but color is the connective thread. Bright pink and yellow zinnias are used for this simple container garden, as well as toned-down purple verbenas and blue calibrachoas.
Perk Up a Porch With Evergreens
Master an appealing container garden with the thrill, fill, and spill method. Evergreen plants are combined with caladiums, impatiens, and a creeping fig for everlasting results.
New Breed of Beautiful
Color, shape, and height imbue this sun-inspired container. 'Variegated Spreading Salmon' SunPatiens, foxtail asparagus fern, and 'Neon' pothos will complement most exterior spaces.
Tulips, Pansies, Acorus, Heuchera, Ivy and Fern
Spruce up your front entrance with trailing Plentifall pansies, tulips, acorus, heuchera, and variegated ivy in concrete pots.
This Bright & Colorful Arrangements Are The Perfect Welcome Wagon
Three ceramic containers in turquoise shades hold 'Liberty Classic Yellow' snapdragon, 'Bouquet Rose Magic' dianthus, and 'Tickled Pink' veronica. Arrange them by size, working from back to front, to really create a perfectly balanced display.
Fire Up Fall With Color
Signaling the changing of seasons are cool-weather grasses and butterfly-favorite lantanas.
Trailing Algerian Ivy, Needle Palm, & Colorful Annuals
Bigger really is better when it comes to container gardens. Not only are big pots useful for planting larger flowers and plants, but they also allow for more soil, which means less time spent watering. We used Trailing Algerian Ivy here because of its large leaves, with Needle Palm and florid annuals filling in the gaps.
Fall colors and pumpkins are on full display here, where wire urns are filled to the brim with pie pumpkins. A festive pumpkin-and-gourd wreath hangs from the door, while boxwoods and fall vegetables round out the entryway.
Highlight the bounty of autumn by packing your container garden with a variety of fall plants, colors, and textures, such as ‘Lemon Ball’ sedum, purple cabbage, ‘Calypso Orange’ peppers, ‘Cosmic Yellow’ cosmos, and Mexican bush sage. Pumpkins are added here for bonus autumnal flair.
Rustic Freestanding Container
Trash is turned into beautiful treasure with this budget-friendly, galvanized-metal washtub container. Maroon Joseph's coat, green coleus, and yellow creeping Jenny accents the front porch or entryway.
Built to Last
Variegated yucca shares a space with sedum, kalanchoe, and echeverias. Neutral and textured containers offer a stark contrast to the colorful flowers and subdued, rounded door.
A Winning Combination
Showcase your team spirit with this LSU-themed container garden, which brings out the traditional yellow and purple colors using 'Red Giant' mustard, pansies, ajuga, Littletunia petunia, and 'Red Russian' kale. Not a fan? Express your team pride with the appropriate variation of flowers and foliage in different colors and sizes.
You can recreate this simple yet stunning containergarden at home using galvanized buckets and inexpensive nursery flowers, like daisies, daylilies, and sweet potato vines.
Pink Nature-Inspired Planters
Soft shades of pink geraniums, petunias, and angelonias complement the natural hues of the sweet potato vine and pennisetum. To really add drama to your front entrance, use metal planters in three different sizes and finishes to really show off this multihued trio.
Bring on Spring
Daffodils are perfect for brightening up container gardens and offering an irresistible fragrance. The terra cotta containers range in size and shape, playing up to the easy-to-grow, yellow and orange bulbs of 'Superbells Dreamsicle' calibrachoa, 'Snow Princess' alyssum, and 'Sunsatia Lemon' nemesia.
Pansies, Violas, Panolas, Grass, and Ivy
Rotate seasonal plants and flowers into containers to reflect the best of the season. For this selection, we chose orange pansies, violas, Panolas, and grass to greet guests with a warm hello during fall.
Summertime signals tropical plants. No matter where you live, experience the beauty of the tropics on your own front porch in this combo of oversized ‘Maui Gold’ elephant’s ear, orange SunPatiens, and purple iridescent Persian shield.
Magnolia, Spider Plant, and Caladiums
Spider plants are best grown in containers and hanging baskets, where their shoots can comfortably hang down. Red ‘Freida Hemple’ caladiums, a spider plant, and a ‘Little Gem’ Southern magnolia fill the large stone pot, while off-white smaller bowls hold a beautiful assortment of caladiums.
Warm and Cheerful Trio
Sitting next to a pale yellow door are heat-tolerant geraniums, calibrachoas, and mecardonias in vivid red, yellow, and purple shades. Whitewashed pots are filled with each, creating a spring-inspired, welcoming exterior.
Even if you don't live near the beach or coast, you can replicate seaside vibes here with bromeliads, multihued crotons, and whimsical pitcher plants. Yellow creeping Jenny forms the base of the white ceramic containers.