Landscaping doesn’t just frame your house and boost your home’s curb appeal. It also protects the land itself. Solid turf coverage keeps the soil in place and fights the effects of erosion. Larger landscaping elements like flowerbeds and shrubs also lock down the soil where it matters most: along your entranceway and foundation. These arrangements are called ‘foundational landscaping,’ and they typically follow a simple design.
What are the design elements of foundational landscaping?
Think of the layout of foundational landscaping like it’s a mountain range. At the front corners of your home will be tall ornamental trees. These reach between two-thirds and three-quarters of the height of your house.
As your foundation line moves inward towards your front door, the plants get smaller. These will be boxy hedges and lines of shrubs. Older homes tend to have a single line of square or rectangularly pruned hedges. The last plants around the front door or the steps to your patio will be somewhere between the height of your middle hedges and your corner trees.
While this design does a lot to lock down your landscape, the overall look can date your house. Here’s how to update it without losing those benefits:
Use a second or even third layer of colorful plants.
A single solid layer ages your house. It can also make your home seem smaller. Break it up with a checkerboard of smaller landscaping plants. Trimming your shrubs to look globular or triangular instead of boxy also lightens the look.
Wrap the plants around the edge of your house.
Letting the landscaping peter out into turf around the edge of your house softens the look. There are even more benefits about planting landscaping plants all around your home’s perimeter. Every edge of the foundation is vulnerable to settling and erosion, so every side should be protected.
Use grasses instead of shrubs.
Ornamental grasses are a popular new plant for every style of property. If you use native varieties, they can also grow with less water and maintenance. The shade and roots provide just as much protection for your foundation, too.
Go to Chambersville Tree Farm to find the right plants for your new landscape.