Landscape Design for Your Foundation Walls

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
February 29, 2008

This Landscape Design for Foundation Walls will work wonders to hide your foundation wall for the front of your home, back of the house or the side of your home. It only uses two perennials, but adds interest for the entire year.

This landscape design will be easy to maintain. It works best in the sun as the burning bush will be more brilliant the more sun it gets. The globe blue spruce can withstand the harsh heat next to the sunny side of the house. In the spring the burning bush turns green. When fall arrives the burning bush turns a bright red offsetting the blue green of the globe blue spruce. Then in winter when the snow begins to fall and the burning bush is devoid of leaves, the globe blue spruce is happily showing off its evergreen needles.

Cover that Ugly Foundation Wall

The globe blue spruce evergreen does a wonderful job of covering the ugly foundation wall all year long. It is so easy to maintain because it is a slow grower. The burning bush can grow very large, so I recommend that you keep it trimmed to the height that works for you. The globe blue spruce stays below your windows so you have a terrific view of all the fun things going on in your yard all year long.

For this foundation wall landscape design I recommend the following perennials.

Use These Perennials

A photo of a Globe Blue Spruce to be used in the Landscape Design for foundation walls.
Globe Blue Spruce is a compact evergreen shrub that hides the foundation in this landscape design
You can plant four Globe Blue Spruce. The great short blue needles of the Globe Blue Spruce make this compact evergreen shrub a real eye pleaser. It is an evergreen shrub that you can plant under your window sills so you can keep that beautiful view out your window. It is a slow grower and adapts well to most soils.
A photo of a Burning Bush which can be used in your foundation landscape design.
The burning bush is a great end anchor for this landscape design for foundation walls.
Next, you should plant two Burning Bush. Plant at each end of this landscape design. The Burning Bush is also known as the Winged Euonymus. It is a member of the Euonymus family and it's name is Euonymus Alatus. You can plant these in the shade, but you will find the fall color is more attractive and brilliant if you plant in full sun.
This landscape design for foundation walls is spaced out at 16 feet by 4 feet. You can plant the 4 blue globe spruce 2 feet from the foundation wall. It grows to a maximum of 3 feet wide, so that will give you room behind in case you need to get to the foundation wall for any reason.

Plant the burning bushes at either end of this foundation wall landscape design. Plant 3 feet from the wall to give it room to grow over the years. You can trim it to keep it at a manageable size.

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Perennial Quantity Interest Color
Burning Bush 2 Late Summer - Fall Red
Globe Blue Spruce 4 All Year Bluish Green

This is a plot view showing the Landscape design for foundation walls with burning bushes and globe blue spruces.
This is a plot showing the Landscape Design for Foundation Walls

The foundation wall landscape design showcases the burning bush while hiding your foundation wall.
This is how the plants will look against the foundation wall of the house.

The foundation wall landscape design showcases the burning bush while hiding your foundation wall.
This is the foundation wall design and how the plants will look.

Foundation Wall Landscape Design

If you are looking to hide your foundation wall this will offer a wonderful alternative to the standard bland choices. The burning bushes offer a great color in the fall as they turn brilliant red. The globe blue spruce stays green all year long which means your foundation wall won't be seen throughout the entire year.

The Landscape Design for Foundation Walls is easy to maintain as the plants don't need a lot of water. You can trim the burning bushes once a year if you want to keep the bushes at a certain level.

If you want to add color in the summer, feel free to plant annuals in front of the burning bushes. That will make you happy but remember not to over water them as getting the roots of the globe blue spruce soggy isn't good. You can water them during the dry season, but don't over do it.

I hope you enjoy this design and share with us in the comments below your thoughts on this landscape design for foundation walls.

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