Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Make an Entrance; HANNAH STEPHENSON LEARNS HOW PLANTS CAN CREATE SHOWSTOPPING FRONT DOORS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Make an Entrance; HANNAH STEPHENSON LEARNS HOW PLANTS CAN CREATE SHOWSTOPPING FRONT DOORS

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Byline: HANNAH STEPHENSON

GARDENERS are going the extra mile to make the entrance to their homes a welcoming landmark, according to a new report. Nearly half of gardeners surveyed use plants or trees to dress their front door, according to the Garden Trends Report compiled by the UK's largest garden centre chain, Wyevale Garden Centres, based on survey data from more than 27,000 gardeners, combined with sales insights from the retailer's garden team.

Mark Sage, head of horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres (wyevalegardencentres.co.uk), explains: "Our front doors are an expression of who we are. It's our kingdom, our palace - and maybe we can inspire with some ideas."

Here are his top five tips to help you make the entrance to your home as inviting as you can.

THINK ABOUT COLOUR THERE'S a massive range of cheerful colours available throughout spring, from zingy primroses and rich pansies, to heathers, acid green miniature lemon scented conifers, and bulbs.

Mark notes: "There's plenty of scope for conventional colour schemes, but have you thought about doing it in black and white, using deep foliage plants contrasted with white flowers?" Use planters to greet with a riot of cheery cHECK OUT SMALLER PLANTS IF you haven't much space, you can now find smaller varieties of plants that won't grow too big. Smaller types of shrubs, climbers and roses are widely available.

If you want a climber in a pot - one that won't grow too tall but will provide a pretty framework - Raymond Evison has some beauties, including 'Josephine' and 'Doctor Ruppel' - both clematis.

Climbing versions of the famous David Austin old English visitors colour roses have seen a surge in sales too, thanks to their ability to flourish in a pot or container, according to the report.

MAKE IT PERSONAL FLOWERS create more than just a 'welcome mat' to your home, and what you create should match your personality says Mark. …

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