The entry to your garden is a visitor's first impression of what lies beyond in your garden. It is your invitation to others to come inside and visit. There are lots of ways to create entry. When you look at the picture of the arbor, you find yourself wanting to go through the arch to see what lies beyond. If you didn't notice, there isn't a garden built there yet. But your eyes were drawn to that area. That is what "entry" is about, drawing your garden visitor into the garden and then farther throughout the garden. Most entry areas begin at the front of your home. As a visitor approaches your home, the first thing you want them to find is your front door. A sidewalk draws the visitor to the entry. The entry area is planted with shrubs, tree, flowers or containers of plants. You may even have a "Welcome" mat at the door.
The entry to your garden can start the same way with a gate, door, piers, arbor, or an opening between shrubs. It could also be an opening between two large planted containers or two matching garden beds. Entry can also start with a change in walkway material like brick to gravel. Make your entry area interesting and well defined. Can a garden have more than one entry? The answer would be "Yes". Depending on your landscape size you could have many entry areas. In some gardens, people develop "rooms". Rooms are areas of your landscape used for different activities. If you have a small area, you may only have a patio with seating for entertaining. The larger your landscape, you may start to divide it down into smaller areas for different activities such as flower and vegetable gardening, utility and storage areas, pools and recreational areas, entertaining areas, relaxing areas or theme gardening. These rooms can be enclosed by hedges, walls, fences, perennial and shrub gardens to give a feeling of enclosure. Outdoor rooms are just like the rooms inside your home, each serving a purpose. Entry is an important design element to your garden and it should reflect your home's architectural style. Remember that your garden entrance is the first impression of your garden and all of your hard work. Make that entry count!
The Creative Gardener