One of the tips we always tell our clients is to greet your guests with flowers. Flowers make a home more colorful and welcoming. If you adorn your entrance with assorted annual and perrenial flowers it will keep its color year long. Snapdragons, Petunias, Lily of-the-Nile, and ‘Gertrude Jekl’ roses are all great additions that would do the trick and keep your home looking welcoming and colorful all year long.
Another trick, if you have a small space between your house and the street, put a low fence in front. It will give the illusion that your home is further from the street then it really is, this will also create a great space for planting flowers and vines.