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Spring Flowers in a Foundation Bed

Landscaping Tip for Homeowners: Strive for 4-Season Interest

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Spring flowers are a wonderful addition to foundation planting beds....
Photo of foundation planting displaying a wild jumble of spring color.

Photo of foundation planting displaying a wild jumble of spring color.

David Beaulieu

Many homeowners savvy about landscaping will use evergreen shrubs for the "bones" of their foundation planting beds, but supplement these with plants offering spring flowers, summer flowers, and/or fall foliage. The evergreen shrubs will "be there for you" in your landscaping year-round, while the other plants will create seasonal interest. In this case, the homeowners have achieved a knockout foundation planting bed for spring, graced by the likes of creeping phlox, yellow alyssum, azaleas and andromeda (Pieris).

The andromeda shrubs serve double duty, providing not only spring flowers, but also evergreen foliage.

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