Home Exteriors Can Be Just as Inviting as the Inside

The outdoor gateway to a home welcomes guests with lush lawns, signature shrubs, distinct driveways and a variety of personal statements.

Curb appeal is the ultimate first impression—what our homes say about us. Before guests set foot inside the front door, they are ushered in by lush lawns, manicured landscaping and artfully designed open-air spaces. Whether it’s a stroll through a leafy bower and up the garden path or a cruise down a well-appointed driveway, there’s an opportunity for a grand entrance, no matter what the size of your home.

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Think of your front yard as a welcome mat, crafted from plants, hardscaping and a creative spirit. Conjure a vision of window boxes fragrant with herbs and flowers; walkways and accent walls made from brick and natural stone; the soothing trickle of a fountain; and dramatic lighting that showcases your home at night. Here are ideas we hope will inspire you in your own homes.

Hardscaping from EP Henry dresses up entries in many ways, including a driveway. 

Uplighting creates drama after dark at this Mediterranean-style home in Rehoboth Beach by Turnstone Builders and Country Lawn Care. (Carolyn Watson Photography)


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Gloria and Henry Dickerson’s lush front yard landscape has won multiple honors from the Delaware Center for Horticulture.


EP Henry also hardscapes beautiful walkways. 


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An undulating path by EP Henry.


Hardscaping from EP Henry dresses up entries in many ways, including these wide steps.


A straight walkway of paving stones by EP Henry.


Plantings of flowers and shrubs create a garden path.


A retaining wall by EP Henry defines a garden.


A leafy bower and pond offer a verdant welcome in this design by Pickel Landscape Group of Landenberg, Pa.


Contrasting stones highlight steps in this multiple level walkway by EP Henry.


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