Design: Utility Box - Shade

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For a southern exposure foundation, consider a landscape design featuring a mix of low-maintenance perennials like small Coreopsis or Creeping Sedum in the foreground, transitioning to medium-height plants like Daylily and Compact Grass, and finally adding 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 larger area allows for more diversity. Continue with a border of low perennials, to medium height plants and then taller perennials. Accentuate a corner with a small tee or large shrub such as a Lilac tree or Burning Bush.

Ensure successful growth with Earl May Plant Start, fortified soil using Structure Soil Conditioner, and enriched planting conditions with Organic Planting Mix.

Small Perennials

  • Coral Bell
  • Fern
  • Lungwort


  • Blue
  • Variegated White/Green
  • Variegated Yellow/Green

Evergreen Shrub

  • Boxwood
  • Yew


  • Euonymus
  • Hydrangea
  • Dogwood
  • Itea (Sweetspire)

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