32 of the best front door plants to boost your home's curb appeal

32 of the best front door plants to boost your home's curb appeal

Growing best outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10, dwarf gardenias are great for small spaces. Whether planted in a low container or as a border on either side of your front door, these small plants give you the same bright, fragrant blooms as standard gardenia shrubs. Because dwarf gardenias are slow-growing, we recommend purchasing a mature plant rather than growing it from seed.

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Plants by Mail Emerald Green Arborvitae

Emerald green arborvitae

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Plants by Mail Emerald Green Arborvitae

Arborvitae are popular landscape plants due to their stately appearance and the privacy they provide when planted in succession. But they make great container plants, too. A pair of them can appear column-shaped and architecturally framing your front door, which can really elevate the traditional exterior look. Caring for these plants can be a little tricky – and fortunately, we have a growing guide that tells you everything you need to know to maintain your lush look.

Climbing star jasmine

If your front door has a lot of negative or unused space around it, choose a shrub or climbing vine that can grow quickly to fill in the gaps. Not only does star jasmine have an attractive and eye-catching appearance, but its small, sweet-smelling blooms will delight you and your guests. In addition, this plant is evergreen. It only blooms in spring, but its stunning green leaves maintain their color throughout the winter.

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Potted star jasmine

Organized and simple, this potted jasmine plant is great for those who worry about climbing vines and flowers taking over their front porch. This variety needs occasional pruning, but it is fairly low-maintenance.

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Hawaiian Dwarf Canopy Trees

Hawaiian Dwarf Canopy Trees

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Hawaiian Dwarf Canopy Trees

This umbrella tree is a great choice for a wider balcony or landing as it has plenty of room to spread out. Preferring high sun and only occasional watering (Rooted recommends twice a month or every two weeks), this tree is easy to care for and requires no careful maintenance.

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Napa Home & Garden Thyme Topiary

Thyme topiary

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Napa Home & Garden Thyme Topiary

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Perfect for minimalists, this delicate top makes an impact without taking up a lot of space. Not only do thyme leaves provide an herbaceous aroma, they are perfect for plucking when a recipe calls for a pinch.

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Small artificial japanese maple trees

Small artificial japanese maple trees

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Small artificial japanese maple trees

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Whether you lack a green thumb or are looking for a plant for the front door with the lowest possible maintenance needs, choose realistic greenery to beautify your front door. This artificial Japanese maple is beautiful and completely hands-free.

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Lemon and lime Dracaena trees

Lemon and lime Dracaena trees

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Lemon and lime Dracaena trees

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The dracaena flower gets its name from its vibrant leaves in citrus fruit hues, so it's perfect for adding a tropical touch to your home decor — and it doesn't need a tropical climate to thrive. It's also a great choice for adding much-needed height and texture to your entryway.

Bamboo palm

Bamboo is said to symbolize good luck and abundance, so it's the perfect front door plant to greet your guests. While traditional bamboo plants are smaller (and known to be invasive), this bamboo palm brings good luck on a larger scale.

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English Ivy

If you're looking for a trailing plant to frame your front door — whether you plan to hang it, place it atop a stand, or let it grow upwards from a pot or window box — English ivy is a great choice. It's perfect for a shady entryway, too, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Wintergreen boxwood

Keep it classic with a pair of boxwood cuttings. They can be short and dense, long and narrow, or trimmed into decorative shapes (you'll often see them cut into spirals!). As a bonus, they're low-maintenance and do well in cold weather, according to Gardening Know How.

Petunias

If your front door gets a lot of sun, petunias are a colorful option. Fill a window box with them, let them flow from a hanging planter, place them in pots around your front door or line your steps. Just remember to water and deadhead them regularly.

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Birds of paradise plants

Birds of paradise plants

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Birds of paradise plants

Give your entryway a tropical vibe with a bird of paradise plant. They can be grown in sun or shade, although if you get the orange bird of paradise, you'll want to place it in direct sunlight to bring out the flower color, according to Costa Farms. If you live in an area with cold winters, be sure to bring it inside.

Tradescantia zebrina

This low-maintenance plant is another good option, and according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, it's best in a shadier location. But make sure it isn't also Shady. Bloomscape says its colorful streaks will fade without adequate light.

Meyer lemon trees

No, you don't need a big backyard to grow a lemon tree or an orange tree — you can actually plant one right next to your front door (or even indoors, if you wish!). Simply place them in a sunny spot protected from the wind and bring them indoors for the winter.

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Costa Boston Ferns Farms

Boston fern

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Costa Boston Ferns Farms

Keep the soil of these interesting ferns moist most of the time, and they will thrive wherever you put them — indoors or outdoors — as long as they get enough shade, according to Costa Farms. You can use them to make a statement in planters standing around your front door or hung around your porch in true Southern style.

Wax begonia

Another stunning flowering option? Wax begonia, which blooms in pink, red and white, is an adaptable plant that can handle partial sun or shade — just keep it out of full sun, according to Costa Farms. Plant these flowers in a large pot or in a window box, and they will give your front door a stunning splash of color.

Peruvian apple cactus

If you're lucky enough to live in a hot, sunny climate, an aloe vera plant would be great near your front door. They love heat, and it is not necessary to water them often. Just be sure to place your plants in a pot with good drainage, according to Costa Farms.

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Lavender

If you want to add subtle color to your entryway, look no further than lavender. This delicious-smelling plant will welcome your guests with its attractive violet petals and soothing scent.

Coleus watermelon

The fuchsia center of this plant's leaves makes them stunning as flowers but easy to care for. Coleus thrives in cool environments and well-drained soil with the right amount of moisture. Don't over-water it, and it will keep your front door looking bright.

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