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RE: Need foundation planting ideas-PICS (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: lpinkmountain on 07.10.2007 at 12:01 pm in Landscape Design Forum

Oh yes, if you have a mix of deciduous trees and spruces that provides shelter and places for the hummingbirds to make their nests!

Here are some of the foundation shrubs that I have in my tiny yard, that I just love and that seem to be doing well. Some of them attract bees but honestly, I sit right out next to them on the patio and they don't bother with me at all, they are very busy bees!

Miss Kim Lilac - smells good, relatively small compared to other lilacs, blooms much later than the big ones. Does have bees though.
Spirea - mine is called "Magic Carpet." I cannot praise this plant enough, it has hot pink flowers and lime green mature foliage and the new foliage is burgundy, quite a showy contrast. It's a plant that has 3 season interest in my yard. Also has bees. But both of these plants are a total bore in the winter, which in Michigan is a definate consideration!
I have a small yellow globe arborvitae. You could get away with some of the bigger varieties of arborvitae and juniper. They make nice combinations with deciduous shrubs for winter interest. But pay careful attention to the mature size of those arbs and junipers, they can become house-devouring beasts and are hard to remove due to the density of their woody roots and stem. There are many varieties on the market now that have been bred to grow slowly and stay to a more managable size. Make sure you get those varieties. You can get some inexpensive basic stuff at the big box stores, but for the best health and selection, find a LARGE, local nursery.

I'm partial to shrubs because to me they are the lowest maintenance. I don't mind pruning them once and a while, to me, that's better than the dividing you have to do with perrenials. That said, my folks have a big drift of blackeyed susans next to their house on one side, which is fun and easy care. I have a big clump of shasta daisies which is fun and pretty easy care.

My folks also have a mugo pine, and a large shrub rose which is spectacular when in bloom, although it gets japanese beetles, probably because it smells so good. Ask at the nursery, if you like roses there are easy care "landscape roses" which bloom continuously and are not fussy like the little hybrid tea roses. I have a shrub rose in my yard I have to beat back with a shovel it is so hardy. Another popular shrub for in front of the house are the rhododendrons. Also the shrub dogwoods like yellow twig dogwood and redtwig dogwood, which because of their colored twigs, give winter color to the yard.

I'm not suggesting you get one of each of these shrubs, since that would not look good, it would just be a mish mash and there would be nothing that the eye could focus on and so it would loose any aesthetic effect. I'm just giving you a list of some plants that I have seen around foundations and that I have grown and know to be easy care foolproof kinds of things. I'd pick a few that create a pleasing color and texture and shape combination and then repeat that pattern. I have a tiny "mixed shrub border" in my yard, and since my yard is postage stamp sized, it's right up in my face whenever I go outside. The part of my yard that I like the most has a very pleasing combination of plants with contrasting colors, shapes of leaves, and overall silhouette of the plants. In the winter, the evergreens I have planted do their duty of holding up the bones of the design.

Also, when you plant the plants next to your foundation, whatever mix you decide on, make sure you allow for the eventual mature size of the shrubs. Don't plant them too close to the house!! This is the most common mistake people make and it gets to be a real pain. That's the problem my folks have right now with the new house they bought, there is a row of sand cherries and dogwood shrubs agains the back deck that has to be constantly pruned back since they are now overtaking the deck due to being planted too close.

Oh yeah, other nice "foundation plants" that folks around here use are yews and hydrangeas. The kids might like the "snowball" appearance of the hydrangea flowers. I always did when I was a kid. Yews are very forgiving of pruning, they are the one everygreen that you can prune fairly rigourously and they will regrow. With other evergreens, you can make slight adjustments, but they have an innate shape that you had better like because if you try and train them into a different shape they will not do well. Whatever you do, no meatball shrubs, if you do that we will tell all the deer where you live, lol!

Have fun!


clipped on: 07.10.2007 at 01:54 pm    last updated on: 07.10.2007 at 01:54 pm

How to post multiple thumbnail links from PhotoBucket.txt

posted by: Nigella on 01.01.2006 at 04:03 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hi Ya'll! Happy New year. I see we have a lot of new members so I thought I would let you in on some secrets I've learned. There is an easy way to post multiple pictures into a single thread using thumbnail links provided by PhotoBucket, where you can get a free account, which is a useful tool for those who love this forum. You can show pictures of before and after projects side by side, post different views side by side, etc. It also takes very little bandwidth to open the GW post since the information is in thumbnails rather than in large pictures.

The first step, of course, is to go to, set up a membership and upload your pictures. Then click the little boxes next to the pictures you want to use and go down to the bottom of the page, click the down arrow beside the little window that reads "Choose Action" and choose "Generate HTML & IMG code". Then push the "Go" button.

This will bring up a new page with several windows with text, I use the first one. Click on the window, then right click and choose "Copy".

Come back to GJ and write your text, right click and choose "Paste". Preview.

That's all there is to it. Here's the table of pictures I generated when I did the original:

I took out the <center> command and the spaces between the pictures, btw. I hope this is a help to somebody!


clipped on: 07.07.2007 at 11:55 pm    last updated on: 07.07.2007 at 11:55 pm

RE: Thuja Green Giant Hybred (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: hibiscusfreak on 06.18.2007 at 10:49 pm in Conifers Forum

Gene, To post a photo in your message, just log into your Photobucket album, and click on the photo you want to post. When it displays the pic, you will see down on the righthand side the tag you need to copy and paste inside your message to display the photo. Hope this helps.


clipped on: 07.07.2007 at 06:14 pm    last updated on: 07.07.2007 at 06:14 pm