Foundation plants are the plants, flowers, and shrubs you choose to place closest to your home's foundation. They are a key part of both front and back yard aesthetics, but they must also have a number of practical elements. What should you know about foundation planting? Here are some do's and don'ts. 

Do Watch Final Sizes

When planting next to the house, be very careful about the sizes and shapes that plants will take on when fully mature. Make sure nothing will grow so tall that it will soon be a constant battle to keep it from blocking doors, windows, and paths close to the house. In addition, you want a uniform appearance, so avoid plants that will have disparate heights or leaf sizes. 

Don't Allow Large Roots

Check the root systems of anything that will be near the foundation of any building. Most home and business owners know not to plant a large tree in this tricky area, but even some large bushes can become a problem if their root systems are strong. 

Do Avoid Color Clashes

Colorful flowers and bushes are a must for most yards, but they should work well together and with the house's color palette. Remember that foundation plants will be some of the most accessible and seen the closest in the entire yard. So think about how they work with one another and with the structure. Garish colors, clashing palettes, or non-complementary colors should be avoided. 

Don't Forget Fire Risk

The area closest to the house is the last line of defense against fires. So if you live in an area with a high fire risk, use this space to create a more protective barrier. This may mean moving plants away from the house, ensuring they stay hydrated, and using only low-profile plants. You may even want to arrange foundation plantings in favor of nonflammable materials like gravel, rocks, boulders, or hardscape features. 

Do Plant for the Whole Year

When you select plants, remember that they will be your home's frame for all four seasons. Plant with a view to year-round curb appeal. Many homeowners prefer evergreen bushes rather than deciduous ones that are bare all winter. You may also want to plant self-sufficient perennials rather than annuals. Consider layering for seasonal appeals, such as planting spring bulbs to come up as winter blooms fade. 

Where to Learn More

Want more tips and tricks for managing your foundation plants? Start by consulting with an experienced contractor in your area today. With their helpful landscape design, you can start enjoying a healthier, more radiant foundation area.