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6 Easy Foundation Plants for Around Your Home

Foundation plants are an essential part of creating a beautiful landscape and increasing the curb appeal of your home. The right foundation plants aren’t so big that they block windows or the beauty of your house, but not so small that they aren’t really noticeable.

The plants you place around your foundation should also be attractive year-round, though you can mix in a few colorful annuals. Plant a variety of options, including evergreen shrubs, deciduous plants with attractive foliage, unique twig coloring, and maybe even vivacious blooms.

Fortunately, these six foundation plants are the perfect start, requiring little attention to remain attractive and increase interest of your home. Learn all about the best easy foundation plants around your home, as well as care requirements to help you pick the right ones for your space.

Ornamental Onion

Ornamental onion
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Allium ‘Millenium,’ or ornamental onion, won’t spice up your cooking, but it will add plenty of color and life to your garden beds. The plants grow tall and proud, reaching a height and spread of 1 to 1.5 feet. Plant in the fall to see the stunning purple flowers from July through August.

The star-shaped blooms burst outward, creating a spherical shape that looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. The plants prefer full sunlight and well-draining soil. They do tolerate partial shade, a wide range of soil conditions, deer, rabbits, and even drought. Deadhead after flowering to prevent the plant from spreading all over your garden, and divide the plants every few years in spring.

Catmint

Catmint plant
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A delicious treat for your feline friends, catmint is a perennial herb and a member of the mint family. The plant is also beautiful as an ornamental, growing up to 30 inches tall with silvery foliage and spears of vibrant purple blooms. The soft lavender flowers bloom in spring, but the foliage remains attractive year-round.

Plant catmint in full sunlight to partial shade and sandy, clay soil kept somewhat moist. It is attractive to butterflies, resistant to deer, and tolerant to drought and heat. To keep the plant happy and healthy, cut it back after the first flush of blooms dies off. Also, divide every few years to maintain fullness.

Pro Tip: Plant catmint next to your rosebush to cover the base of your rose plant and enjoy the complimentary colors!

Snapdragon

Field of pink and orange snapdragons
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Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) blooms all the way from early spring (April) to the first frost. The flowering plant grows in an upwards direction with an arrangement of tubular flowers in a variety of colors, including yellow, red, and purple — perfect for adding color to your foundation garden.

The plant prefers full sun and makes a great addition to pollinator gardens. Keep snapdragons in well-draining soil and remember to water at the base to avoid removing blooms prematurely. Germinate your seeds indoors about six to 10 weeks before the last predicted frost and then transplant them outdoors. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new growth.

Woodland Stonecrop

Sedum ternatum Woodland Stonecrop Found by the creek in South Central Kentucky
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Woodland stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) is a member of the succulent family. The plant features succulent green leaves and stretching branches, which grow 4 to 8 inches high, with clusters of petite white flowers. It grows beautifully along the stone walls of your home or foundation as long as it has moist moss or soil to cling to.

Blooming from April through May, the succulent foliage spreads slightly less than a foot throughout the summer and dies back in frost. Not to worry, though — the plant leaves roots behind, which pop back up throughout your garden next year. Hardy in zones 4 to 9, woodland stonecrop prefers well-draining soil and anywhere from full sun to part shade. It is ideal as a groundcover or garden border since it can survive the shade from surrounding plants.

Petunia

Petunia flowers
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Known for their low-growing, showy colorful flowers, petunias are low-maintenance and ideal for filling in your foundation garden bed. The herbaceous perennial blooms from May to frost, attracting birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies to your garden. It is winter hardy in zones 10 and 11 but is best grown as an annual in other locations.

With good drainage, petunias will tolerate a variety of soil conditions. Keep the plants in full sun to slight shade and water regularly to keep the soil somewhat moist. Also, deadhead the plants as soon as you notice spent blooms to encourage quick regrowth and fresh flowers all spring, summer, and fall.

Hosta

Mulching Hostas
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A popular low-growing perennial, hostas provide plenty of foliage and greenery to fill an empty space in your foundation garden. Only reaching a height of 1 to 4 feet, hostas are perfect for placing beneath windows. They also make an attractive green border when placed at the edges of your garden.

Hostas do best in shade, so be sure to plant them beneath an awning or tree. Use well-draining soil and mix in organic matter, such as compost, for extra nutrients. Remember to divide your hostas in spring every six to 10 years to keep the plants full and healthy.

Get Planting!

The best foundation plants are low-maintenance but add fantastic curb appeal to your front yard and home. When deciding which plants are right for you, consider different heights, colors, and varieties of shrubs, florals, and bushes to create dimension and depth.

Do you know of any other plants perfect for planting around your foundation? Share in the comments below!

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