Foundation Planting Before and After
Our house was a flip house. The original owners had lived there for decades and after they moved out, their estate sold it to a real estate agent, who cleaned it up a lot and got it ready for resale. While they did some pretty nice things inside and most of the work was done well, they, like many flippers, basically ignored the landscape. For us this was a check in the pro column. We wanted to create our own garden, not live with someone else's and a basically blank slate would allow us to do just that.
This isn't my picture, it's from the real estate listing, but you can see what we had going one. The tall plants were pampas grass and they were planted (every other one) with very small red tip photinias. Niether of these plants were a good choice for this space. Due to two wonderful oak trees our front garden is in total shade. Pampas grass is a full sun plant. Photinias are classified as a small tree or large shrub. They can get 10 feet tall. They are not the plants you want to put in front of your windows if you ever want to see out of them.
It all needed to come out and shortly after we moved in, it all did. Since had only been int he ground for a few months at the most, we just popped them all out of the ground and set them down by the curb to see if someone would adopt them.
We replaced it with Ruby Slippers Oaklead Hydrangias, Farfugiums, and an assortment of ferns. I'd like to say this part of the project was easy, but we did it when I was about 6 months pregnant. I could bend over and work, or I could breath, but I couldn't do both at the same time. I chose to alternate between the two.
Our house still has it's original brick planter. It isn't irrigated (Though someone put some type of plumbing into it) and we have problems keeping things alive in it. We have tried a variety of things in there, nothing has wowed us so far and now the hydrangeas block passersby from seeing it. Eventually we come up with the right combination and maybe do some strategic pruning or transplanting.
Everything filled in a lot over it's first year. You really could still enjoy the perennials that had been planted. Since then, it has REALLY filled in.
As you can see this year we have a very full planting along our foundation. The flowers start off white in the spring when they first open and then they fade to a pink and eventually a brown.
You can still see some of the perennials poking through between all of the shrubs. They have all gotten a lot bigger too.
Over time we want to add some anemones and other perennials (though it's pretty stuffed now). There has also been a few additions of daffodils. The idea is to try and keep something blooming all the time. The Farfugiums bloom in the late fall/early winter here and play nicely with the fall color of the hydrangeas. Sorry the pictures are kind of messy.
The hydrangeas are deciduous and loose their leaves each year. In our case they are usually completely bare in December and start to reflush in February/March. Our foundation looks a little naked that time of year, but we're okay with it. The rest of the year it stops traffic...literally, we've caught people stopping their cars to look at the white flowers on the hydrangeas and Mable's Daylily Bed in the front yard.