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Guide to Foundation Planting

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Looking for a creative way to keep your home warm during the cold winter months and enhance your curb appeal? Try using foundation plants to insulate your living space!

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A. Benefits to a properly planned and planted foundation planting: Softens harsh lines of home foundation, creates depth and enhances curb appeal, and insulates foundation from cold winter temperatures and wind and heat of Summer.

 

B. Think about creating foundation planting beds rather than a series of holes as they are more 3- dimensional and visually appealing. Create wide beds with curvilinear lines to soften harsh angles.

 

C. Choose plants that will not over-grow space in order to reduce pruning maintenance. Plant patches rather than in lines with taller in the back and shorter down in front. Minimum distance from foundation: 3 feet on center. (promotes air circulation, reduces diseases, better insulates)

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Spray paint a wide curvilinear planting bed in front of building

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Prepare planting bed by removing turf, tilling bed area and incorporating soil conditioner

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Plant foundation plants in patches, not lines, creating a layered effect

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Plants should not be planted any closer than a minimum of 3 feet from foundation

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Mulch with 1-2” of decorative mulch

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Keep watered well during establishment period

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Add annuals and herbaceous perennials as an accent for seasonal color

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Plants recommended: Self contained (“dwarf”) upright and spreading shrubs.

Some examples:

 

Dwarf Yaupon Holly

Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypress

Yellow Sawara Falsecypress

Goshiki Holly Osmanthus

Podocarpus

Dwarf Cryptomeria

Variegated Daphne

Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Inkberry

Dwarf boxwood

Spiraea

Virginia Sweetspire

Mary Nell Holly

Camellia

Chindo Viburnum

Congratulations! You did it! Sit back and enjoy your new lawn addition!

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