Make a great first-impression and rev up the marketability of your home with eye-catching plantings that hide foundation walls.
Height: 3-5 ft. Spread: 3-5 ft. Zones: 5-9 Best for: Front-and-center locations where hydrangea’s thick foliage and large, loopy blooms do a great job of hiding plain-Jane foundation walls. In neutral soil expect ball-shaped, pink and lavender blossoms; in slightly acidic soil, they’ll bloom deep blue.
Tip: Keep plants at least two feet from your siding to prevent moisture problems and give them room to spread.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationEncore Azalea (Rhododendron Encore hybrids)
Height: 3-5 ft. Spread: 3-5 ft. Zones: 7-9 Best for: Sunny spots that would fry other types of azaleas. Encore is a group of 25 hybrids that bloom in spring, and then again in late summer/early fall. Plants bloom either white, pink, red, or purple. Plant in slightly acidic soil with plenty of compost.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationCarissa Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Carissa')
Height: 3-4 ft. Spread: 4-6 ft. Zones: 7-9 Best for: Small areas. This compact plant has white blossoms in spring, and is perfect for low hedges and as a glossy, green background for your flowering perennials. It’s drought resistant but would appreciate weekly watering and mulch to keep it cool. Just don’t pile mulch next to your foundation: Moisture and bugs can get into cracks.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationRhododendron
Height: 3-10 ft. (typically) Spread: 3-6 ft. Zones: 6-9 Best for: Planting in front of tall foundation walls and porches. Some varieties of these woody shrubs (Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’) can grow to 10 feet and climb the corner of your house creating a spectacular garden design focal point. Plant in partial sun; prune and fertilize after spring flowering.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationCatmint (Nepeta)
Height: 10-48 in. Spread: 12-24 in. Zones: 3-9 Best for:Adding hardy, drought-tolerant color anywhere along your foundation. Catmint (a cousin of catnip) isn’t picky — in fact, it loves dry, hot weather, and it can thrive in average but well-drained soil. Deadhead the purple-blue blossoms to extend the show from early to midsummer.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationLaurel 'Otto Luyken' (Prunus laurocerasus)
Height: 3 ft. Spread: 6 ft. Zones: 6-9 Best for: Year-round green foliage that boosts curb appeal even in winter. Otto Luyken also produces white, spiky flowers in spring and tiny black fruit in late summer. Let the plant grow naturally for an informal look, or shape it after spring once it flowers. Water weekly and deeply during the first growing season and during dry weather.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationHeavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica 'Compacta')
Height: 4-5 ft. Spread: 3 ft. Zones: 6-11 Best for: Four-season texture and color. Nandina sports bright red foliage and berries during fall and winter, making it a great accent for foundation plantings and food for birds. It does well in partial shade, but foliage grows brighter in full sun. Prune in spring to keep it tidy.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationBlue Angel Hosta
Height: 2-3 ft. Spread: 3-4 ft. Zones: 3-8 Best for: The shady sides of your house. This mounding, silver-blue perennial has lavender to white bell-shaped flowers in summer that show up on tall stalks. Like most shade plants, Blue Angel enjoys moist, mulch-covered soil. It will grow clumpy and tend to overwhelm its home, so divide every 2-3 years — free plants!
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationHarland Dwarf Boxwood (Buxus harlandii)
Height: 4-6 ft. Spread: 4-6 ft. Zones: 7-9 Best for: Adding evergreen color. This compact plant doesn’t require persnickety pruning and is more disease-resistant than other boxwoods. Harland will grow well in sun or partial shade and likes moist, well-draining soil. The miniature tree-like shape is a good mixer with other foundation plantings.
Top Curb Appeal Plants for Along Your FoundationKnockout Rose (Rosa 'Radrazz')
Height: 4 ft. Spread: 3 ft. Zones: 4-9 Best for: Continuous blooms that ensure your house looks good from spring to first frost. Compared with its fussy rose cousins, Knockouts are relatively disease-resistant and easy-care. But watch out for rose rosette disease, which can knock this super rose out cold. Cut back Knockouts in late winter to minimize chances of catching the virus.