Create Foundation Gardens that Say "Welcome Home" to Native Plants

The area around a building is the very place that says "Welcome" to the visitor or "Relax, you're home" to the occupant. It also has tremendous impact on that elusive quality called curb appeal.

Yet how often do we see stressed-out shrubs and struggling perennials in this most visible foundation area? Driveways, pathways, sidewalks, building materials, soil problems, storm water runoff, de-icers, building shadows, neighborhood factors, and foot traffic all play a part in the difficulties. 

But there is another problem that is little discussed. It has to do with how we see and think about buildings and their relationship to land.

Get some insights on how to revive this stronghold of boxwoods and pachysandra with native plants. You should get some surprising insights and a new way of looking at this highly visible part of the home and community landscape. 

 

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