Bonnie Helander began her love of gardening while living and working in San Diego. After retirement, she moved back home to Georgia with husband, Dan, and now resides and gardens in Peachtree City (Zone 8a) where she is a member of the Peachtree City Garden Club. Bonnie is the gardening writer and blogger for Fayette Woman magazine and also blogs and writes for Georgia Gardening Magazine. Besides gardening, Bonnie loves nature and hiking and is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and avid supporter of the Bulldog nation.


Spruce Up Your Entrance for Spring!
by Bonnie Helander - posted 02/19/13

Spring is (almost) in the air and it’s time to refresh your outside space. Whether you are trying to sell your house or just want to make your front landscape more attractive, there are easy steps you can take right now to enhance your curb appeal. If you don’t know where to start or are just overwhelmed by all that needs to be done – tackle one thing and focus on the entrance to your home.

Why not paint your front door an eye-catching color that complements your house? Then hang a wreath that coordinates with the paint color and reflects your personal style. Give the entrance more prominence by placing two large containers of plants on either side of the door. If you have a front porch or a set of stairs leading to the front entrance, mass several pots of plants together, but stick with a scheme of just two or three colors.

Update your hardware such as the door knob, door knocker, house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting. For a more contemporary look, choose brushed nickel hardware and for a more traditional look, choose black or bronze. Add inexpensive solar lights to illuminate the path to your front door. Purchase a fresh welcome mat and power wash mildew stains from the driveway and sidewalk leading up to your entrance.

Plant colorful annuals and flowering and fragrant perennials near your entrance for added impact. Even one area of color adds enormous curb appeal.

Cheerful yellow front door with hanging pots of yellow flowers and an annual bed out front adds great curb appeal.

Take some time today to walk around your front yard and assess what needs to be done. Write up a priority list and get started! Soon you will be rewarded with curb appeal that will be the envy of your neighbors!



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Christopher (Louisiana - Zone 8a) - 04/09/2013

Thanks for the tips! I really like that green door.
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Bonnie Helander - 04/09/2013

Thanks for reading and that green door is mine! I love the green - looks great with Christmas decorations.
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ryanswife - 11/09/2013

Bonnie, I LOVE that color and cannot match it for the life of me. We are remodeling our exterior in Tx. and I was wondering if you could tell what brand/color that paint on the front door is!!!!!Thanks!
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Bonnie Helander - 11/09/2013

Hi Nicole: The paint color I used on my front door is called Lemon Verbena by Sherwin Williams (SW 7726) It looks great in all seasons. I have enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!
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