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Foundation – Friendly Plants

When your beds are next to your house, fill them with things that have a distinct, but not overwhelming, presence

Fine Gardening – Issue 175

Designing the plantings immediately surrounding your home is a tricky task for many gardeners. These plants are frequently viewed up close and personal by visitors and the UPS guy, so they deserve to be an inviting feature of your home. But with a commanding house looming behind these beds, there are many areas for gardeners to go awry. Classic mistakes include cramming all the plants around the front door (making it impossible to see the door), a narrow bed wide enough for only a single row of shrubs, or a red oak planted 4 feet from the foundation that will grow into your gutters in no time.

The most critical aspect of your foundation beds is selecting plants that make an impact but don’t overpower the space. You need to include structural plants that will create the framework and architecture of the space, but it’s also important to include statement plants…

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