The 24 Best Plants to Put by the Front Door 2023

Your entryway is all about curb appeal, and you can make a big statement with front door plants. But landscaping your entrance comes with some design challenges. You need to find greenery suited for your outdoor space; can your plant take direct sunlight, or does it need a porch with an awning for partial shade? Consider door plants that will compliment the exterior of your home. A wooden door can get dressed up with some pink begonias, while for a door that’s already a pop of color, you may want to go with a boxwood or snake plant.

Whether you’ve got a shady porch perfect for trailing English ivy or a sunny entrance just begging to be framed with cacti, the right plants will breathe a little extra life into your home before you even step inside. Below, find 24 front door plant ideas that will have you inspired to upgrade your entrance.

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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 or let it trail upwards from a pot or a window box—English ivy is a great choice if you have a shady entrance, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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Boxwood Topiary

Keep it classic with a pair of boxwood topiaries. They can be short and bushy or tall and pruned to be more decorative (often you’ll see them cut into spirals!). As a bonus, they’re low-maintenance and do well in cold weather, too, according to Gardening Know How.

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Petunias

If your front door gets a lot of sun, petunias are a colorful option that allows you to adorn your entrance with flowers. Put them in a window box, let them trail down from a hanging planter, or put them in pots around your door or even to line your steps.

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Umbrella Tree

According to Bloomscape, the umbrella tree (aka Schefflera Amate) prefers bright indirect light and warmer temperatures. You can prune it to the shape you want, but make sure you rotate it regularly since it grows toward the light—and take it indoors when temperatures start to drop.

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Bird of Paradise

Give your entrance a tropical vibe with a bird of paradise plant. They can grow in sun or shade, although if you get an orange bird of paradise, you’ll want to put it in direct sunlight to really bring out the blooms, according to Costa Farms. If you live in an area that gets cold for winter, make sure you bring it inside before it gets too cold.

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Tradescantia Zebrina

This low-maintenance plant is another good trailing option and, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it’s best for a shadier spot. But make sure it’s not too shady, as Bloomscape notes its colorful stripes will fade without enough light.

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Citrus Tree

No, you don’t need a huge backyard to grow a lemon tree or an orange tree—you can actually grow a citrus tree right next to your front door (or even inside, if you wish!). Make sure it’s a sunny, wind-protected spot, and bring it indoors for winter.

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Boston Fern

Keep the soil on these dramatic ferns damp most of the time, and they’ll thrive wherever you put them—indoors and outdoors—so long as they get enough shade, according to Costa Farms. These lush green plants will make a statement in standing planters around your door or hanging near your entrance.

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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 them in an oversized pot or a window box, and they’ll give your front door a striking pop of color.

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Cactus

If you’re lucky to live in a hot, sunny climate, a cactus would do just great by your front door. They love the heat, and you don’t have to water them very often. Make sure you put them in a planter with good drainage, per Costa Farms’ suggestion.

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Lavender

If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your home’s entrance, look no further than lavender. This deliciously fragrant plant will greet your guests with eye-catching violet petals and a calming scent.

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Coleus

Coleus plants thrive in cool environments with just the right amount of moisture, with well-drained soil. So be sure not to overwater yours, as this could lead to root disease.

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Hydrangea

Hydrangeas love water, especially when they’re in direct sun on a hot day,” shares Lindsey Pangborn, Bloomscape’s plant expert. It’s best to check recently planted hydrangeas to see if they need watering daily. “Once they are established, they only need to be watered during long periods of hot, dry weather.”

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Spiral Cypress Topiary

Common in Tuscany, cypress trees can thrive in either direct sun or partial shade, according to Gardening Know How. The soil also needs to be high in acidity to encourage plant growth. To keep its curvy shape, a spiral topiary needs to be pruned at least twice a year.

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Peony Bush

Peonies, perhaps the most instagrammable flowers, need lots of sunlight and good air circulation states. Another pro tip? Use a metal support cage to help them grow.

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Astilbe Bushes

Astilbe blooms in late spring and grows in shades of pink and white. Almanac advises against direct sunlight because it will burn the leaves. The best course of action is moderate indirect sunlight, and make sure the soil is moist (mix with compost for the best results).

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Zinnia

Zinnias are a great choice for container gardening and grow quickly from seedlings. They bloom in the spring season and need moist soil. To keep them blooming throughout the season, cut off the flowers once they’ve perished, and another one will bloom in its place according to Almanac.

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Bougainvillea

Ideally, you want to grow Bougainvillea in warm temperatures, but if not, container planting may work, according to Gardening How To. Water only when the soil is dry or the flowers begin to wilt. Prune any dead leaves or branches when you see them.

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Magnolia Branches

Magnolias need to be pruned when a branch is damaged or you want the tree to keep its shape. The branches can also be re-purposed in a planter with water. The dried leaves can last up to one to three months with proper maintenance.

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Magnolia Shrub

You don’t have to grow a full-scale tree to enjoy magnolia flowers. A magnolia bush will bloom white, pink, or purple flowers and needs full or partial sunlight and a mix of composite fertilizer recommends Garden Guides.

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Rose

“Choose a planting spot with full sun, at least 6 hours per day. Water well, then every other day as needed. Add mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds,” says Layci Gragnani, rose program manager for Star Roses and Plants.

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Agave

For an agave plant to thrive, it needs direct sunlight for most of the day (at least 6-8 hours, advise our friends at Bloomscape). It’s best suited for warm and dry climates and only needs to be watered when the soil is completely dry.

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Sanserveria

Although you’re probably used to seeing “snake plants” indoors, this low-maintenance plant can also grow outside. Similar to the agave plant they need direct sunlight and only water when the soil is dry.

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Poppy

You can grow poppy flowers in no time, simply by planting a few seeds in the soil in a planter. They come in a rainbow of colors and only need to be watered weekly to stay in shape.

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