Dress up the front of your house with this easy-care combination of plants.

Without foundation plants, a house looks stark and bare. A well-designed foundation planting helps integrate your domicile with the landscape so the two blend seamlessly, creating a welcoming, harmonious look. Instead of the usual row of evergreens, this foundation garden plan features low-maintenance shrub roses, fronted by neat rows of perennials and backed by sprawling clematis, which adds a romantic touch. If you don't have three windows along the front of your home as shown in the layout, simply plant clematis on either side of a larger window or smaller multiple windows (make sure to provide a trellis to support the vines). You can shorten or extend this plan to fit the planting space you have by adding or subtracting daylilies, salvias, and shrub roses.

garden path along home exterior
Credit: Rick Taylor

Plants for Creating the Foolproof Foundation Garden Plan

  • 6 Miniature rose (Rosa cultivars): Zones 5-9
  • 12 Lily (Lilium 'Lollipop'): Zones 3-8
  • 2 Indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica): Zones 8-10
  • 12 Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro'): Zones 3-10
  • 10 Salvia × sylvestris 'May Night': Zones 4-8
  • 5 Rose (Rosa 'Betty Prior'): Zones 5-9
  • 2 Clematis 'Jackmanii': Zones 4-9
  • 1 Clematis 'Henryi': Zones 4-9

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

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