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The Outdoor Foyer

By Emily Kelting

How to make your walkway, lawn, and plantings suit your home's style and your spirit.

First impressions of your home strike both strangers and guests long before you open the front door. People get a sense (and spirit) of a place from passing by on the road or by entering the driveway. The landscape of your home will convey messages. So the question is, how do you want your home to speak?

The beautiful Stoneleigh estate, on Stoneleigh Road in New Canaan, Connecticut, is the epitome of flattering landscape design. Listing by William Pitt Sotheby's, New Canaan, Connecticut.

The house speaks more clearly if the landscape respects and fits with the architecture and history of the home. A formal bed of roses rimmed by a boxwood hedge may work well in the driveway circle of a large Georgian home. It wouldn’t fit in front of a Raised Ranch. An English cottage garden will suit old Colonials and farmhouses, Victorians, Queen Annes, and Tudors. It wouldn’t be appropriate surrounding a home by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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