Plants that are closest to your property’s walls and windows are called foundation plantings. Choosing the right plants along the perimeter of your property can make a big difference in your home life. They can provide shade and direct pleasant winds into your home in summer. They can create blockage in the path of cold winds in winter and keep your home less cold. They also play a crucial role in improving your property’s architectural lines: they coverand soften utility fixtures; they give your landscape a gorgeous look. Aren’t these enough reasons for you to go in for perfect foundation planting by making wise, informed choices?
Here are four useful tips that would help you in this pursuit.
You should select plants that demand less maintenance but enhance the aesthetics of your landscape. For example, you can select flowering and deciduous shrubs (such as the Japanese Boxwood) to add texture to your garden. Evergreens (like the Dwarf Yaupon Holly) would be a good bet for creating a cool structural background. To bring some color and variety to the entire setting, you can take your pick from perennials (Catmint or Red Fountain Grass) of different colors and heights.
Right planting space: You may often come across foundation plantings that are too sparse for a particular area. For instance, a single row of shrubs won’t give your landscape the desired effect, if it is not extended beyond the perimeter of your property. So, you should expand the size of your planter to get a denser, greener look.
Right Location: Before planting your trees and shrubs, you should have a clear idea of their maturing size. You need to identify the right location that would give each adequate space to grow. If you don’t consider these factors now, you would be oppressed later by unwieldy trees and shrubs or overgrown foliage. They would block the view of your windows, driveway or entrance. They might even be dangerous to the residents.
Therefore, if you are selecting plants for cramped areas, it’s best to opt for compact varieties. When fully grown, they will reach just beneath the windows and won’t grow beyond. This way, you would be able to minimize maintenance of your landscape while adding to its overall appeal.
Group planting: For perfect foundation planting, choosing the right combination of plants is important. An ideal combination should have the smallest plants with limited growth at the front; the bigger plants should give them company and form the background. The smaller plants at the front are often planted close to each other to give them a compact look when they mature. The plants in the background can be placed somewhat sparsely, depending on their height and maturity length; this would give those at the front a perfect backdrop.
The real challenge of undertaking perfect foundation planting is deciding on the right balance of plants that can withstand the varying seasonal conditions. Another factor is to get a clear idea of your landscaping design and budget. So, it would be a good idea to consult a landscaping designer to make an informed choice. After all, your landscape’s beauty and utility depend on plants and foliage in line with the tips given above.
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