Design: Front Foundation - Sun

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For a 12' southern exposure foundation, consider a landscape design featuring a mix of low-maintenance perennials like small coreopsis, creeping sedum in the foreground, transitioning to medium-height plants like daylily and compact grass, and finally taller varieties such as garden phlox and coneflower nearer to the house—intersperse with flowering shrubs like hydrangea, weigela and compact spirea.

Expanding to a 16' area allows for more diversity. Continue with a border of low perennials, transitioning to medium-height plants and then taller perennials. Accentuate a corner with a small tee or large shrub such as an ornamental lilac tree or burning bush.

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Short Perennials

  • Dwarf Catmint
  • Creeping Sedum
  • Compact Salvia
  • Small Coreopsis

Medium Perennials

  • Compact Daylily
  • Catmint
  • Compact Grass

Tall Perennials

  • Garden Phlox
  • Daylily
  • Coneflower

Small Trees / Large Shrubs

  • Hydrangea Tree
  • Lilac Tree
  • Burning Bush
  • Buckthorn
  • Ninebark

Flowering Shrubs

  • Paniculata Hydrangea
  • Compact Spirea
  • Dwarf Weigela
  • Compact Ninebark

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