The Importance Of Foundation Plants

Landscaping is an important part of your home style. If your landscaping looks good, it will improve the overall look of your interior. This is why new houses that haven't been landscaped yet look incomplete and disheveled. The good thing about landscaping is that it gives the homeowner a chance to make the property more unique. That is, there are no rules when it comes to landscaping, you can add color, plant unique species, and have fun in your yard. There are a few surefire ways to make your landscape look more impressive. This article explains the importance of foundation plans, and what species work best:

Importance of Foundation Plants

Foundation plants are also often called house huggers. Basically, they are plants that you place near the walls of your house to cover the lower, unfinished parts of your walls. The name come from them commonly being used to cover houses with exposed concrete foundations. However, foundation plants can be beneficial even if your home doesn't have any exposed foundation. There are no set rules for what species you should use for foundation plants, but you should look for plants that are low maintenance and don't grow over 10' tall. You should also choose evergreens that are easily trimmed and don't need that much water. These characteristics are important because the foundation plan is usually surrounded by shorter plants in the front and the house walls in the back, so it is hard to get to.


Boxwoods are a great example of foundation plants. They have dense foliage with tiny, waxy leaves. This means that they're very easy to shape, and the waxy leaves mean that they don't require too much water. As you might've guessed from the name, a boxwood can be shaped with nice square edges. A boxwood will grow to be about 6' to 8' tall.w


Holly has a lot of the same characteristics as boxwood, but it isn't quite as architectural. That is, the bush is rounder, so it looks more natural. That being said, the bush is also thick with tiny leaves, allowing it to be shaped with great detail. Of course, there are many different holly species, so you want to make sure you choose one that won't grow to be too tall and cover your windows.

When it comes to choosing foundation plants, you should make sure you choose something that will complement your landscaping, make your flowers stand out, and remain healthy in your climate. Contact a local arborist for more information. 

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After we purchased our first home, I realized that there were a few things in the yard we needed to focus on. In addition to going through and weeding the entire area, we also started thinking about things that we could plant that would add a little interest. It was really incredible to see how much of a difference our efforts made, and pretty soon our yard was one of the nicest ones in our neighborhood. Believe it or not, we even had people asking us who did the work professionally, which was hilarious because we were just doing the best we could. This blog is all about making over your yard with the right landscaping.



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