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6 Impressive Plants For Pots at Your Front Door and Entrance

Adding some plants in pots to your front door and entrance creates a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and guests. It also helps to soften the appearance of the entrance and can help to show off your personal style.

If your front door is sunny, you can add some gorgeous flowering plants that will add a spot of colour. However, for shady entrances, you want to select plants that will thrive in this type of environment.

Here are some stunning plants that will add some glamour and style to your front door and entrance.

Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

Areca palm Chrysalidocarpus lutescens | Plant varieties

Smaller growing palms like this one are ideal for growing in pots to add some lovely greenery to your front door and entrance. This palm has lovely feathery fronds that grow from the base.

This is a good plant if your entrance only receives filtered light because too much exposure to direct sunlight will turn the foliage yellow.

You also need to ensure that you water your plant to keep the soil moist, especially in the warmer months. During winter, you can reduce the watering as the plant is dormant.

Feed your Areca palm with a slow-release fertiliser in spring to ensure that it gets plenty of nutrients for healthy growth. You can also trim off any old fronds without harming the plant.

Dwarf citrus trees

Dwarf citrus tree | Plant varieties

Citrus trees such as lemons, limes, and mandarins are great for growing in pots and one that is covered in blossoms or fruit makes a great statement at your front door or entrance.

Of course, you should only grow a citrus tree at your front door if it’s going to get plenty of sunlight.

The benefit of growing a citrus tree in a pot is that you can get quite creative and shape the tree so that it has a compact and rounded crown. Make sure you keep the tree well-watered and feed it regularly with a citrus-specific fertiliser.

Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)

Fiddle leaf fig Ficus lyrata | Plant varieties

This stunning foliage plant is perfect for growing at your front door. It makes a dramatic statement with its large glossy green leaves that are heavily veined. 

This fig hails from the tropics so it needs a warm and humid environment to grow successfully. It also prefers filtered light and not direct sunlight as this can easily burn the leaves. 

Although this plant prefers plenty of moisture during the warmer months, you should ensure that the roots are not sitting in water as this can result in root rot. Let the excess water drain away and empty the saucer after watering if your pot is sitting in one.

The fiddle-leaf fig also likes to be fed a fertiliser that is high in nitrogen through spring and summer. However, the plant is sensitive to high salt levels in the soil. For this reason, you should flush the soil regularly when you water.

Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea)

Grass tree Xanthorrhoea 1 | Plant varieties

Grass trees are stunning Australian natives that are slow-growing and perfect for growing in large pots. Their dark trunks are topped with lovely soft grass-like foliage that makes a lovely structural statement.

Grass trees are tough plants that will grow in many different environments. They prefer at least some filtered sunlight and will grow equally well in full sun. However, they don’t do well in full shade.

In their native habitat, grass trees will flower after they’ve experienced some stress such as a bushfire. However, home gardeners have had success with forcing these plants to flower by placing a small stone directly on top of the growth tip.

Pansies and violas

Pansies | Plant varieties

These brightly coloured annuals are perfect for placing in pots at your front door if your entrance gets lots of sun. They can even handle some light shade. 

You can create a bold statement by planting a variety of different colours in the same large pot or maybe choose just one or two colours and place these in strategic positions at your front door.

Make sure you give your annuals plenty of water and remove any spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)

Rubber tree Ficus elastica | Plant varieties

Another dramatic foliage plant that makes the perfect statement at your front door is the rubber tree. It has large glossy green leaves that have a bronze underside. A healthy and well-looked-after rubber tree can easily reach a height of 15 metres.

Ficus elastica plants prefer bright but indirect light. So, if you’re entrance gets a lot of sun, this is not the ideal plant for you. However, if your entrance is shaded from direct sunlight, a rubber tree is a good choice.

During the warmer months, water your plant at least once a week but take this back to once or twice a month in winter. It’s also a good idea to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth occasionally to remove dust. This allows the leaves to breathe and use the filtered sunlight to continue to grow.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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