Foundation plants are those “house-hugging” trees, shrubs, and flowers that are planted around your home’s foundation. These plants can either bridge the gap between your home and your lawn, sit on the corners of your home, or they can be used to create an entryway for a sidewalk or path.
The greatest purpose these plants serve, when planted appropriately, is how they complement and enrich your home’s aesthetics. Here are some of the best foundation plants for your summer landscape!
This is one of the most commonly used plants when it comes to foundation landscaping. This is mostly due to its beautiful, bright green foliage, along with its ability to grow quickly (to about 4ft in height and width). Boxwood provides your home with vibrant color and order and it’s the perfect low-hedge plant to apply along walkways. Also, as an added bonus, they will naturally repel deer! Keeping deer from damaging other plants in your landscape.
This deciduous shrub is one of the most beautiful summer shrubs that will significantly enhance your home’s appearance. They bloom in early spring and they retain their beautiful white flowers throughout the summer and fall months. Providing your landscape with bright, vibrant color for most of the year.
When planted in groups, they will create a pristine-looking shrub border which should be front and center in any landscape. They grow to be about 2 feet high and 4 feet wide. Their wide-spreading, flower-filled branches will provide your landscape with beauty and lots of ground cover!
Soft touch holly is one of the best shrubs when it comes to creating borders. Whether you’re creating a border as an accent, for a walkway, or throughout your landscape beds, soft touch holly is going to be the way to go. This is due to the fact that it grows quickly and equally, it’s dense, and it’s rounded. It only grows to be about 2-3 feet in height and width, but its glossy green coloring will make it stand out whether solo or grouped.
This is a larger shrub, growing to be 4-6 feet in height and width. Virginia Sweetspire is great at adding a variety of colors throughout the seasons. In the spring and summer you’ll see small, white flowers bloom in 4-inch spires that hang from the branches. Because the flowers bloom from the base of the branch to the tip, they stay “in-bloom” for long periods of time.
The best thing about Virginia Sweetspire is the color change from the summer into the fall. The leaves turn from green and white, to a vibrant yellow-orange, and reddish color. These vibrant colors will continue until late in the winter season, meaning you’ll have that color in your landscape for quite some time.
If you’re looking to get the best foundation plants for your landscape this spring, give the professionals at Through The Garden a call. Our team of horticultural and maintenance experts have the knowledge and insight on which plants thrive best at what times of year and what plants will be best for your landscape right now.
Contact us here, or give us a call at (800) 724-9008 to hear more about our seasonal planting services. We can help you develop a seasonal planting strategy that will bring color and beauty to your home and landscape. Call today for a free consultation!