Color in Front Foundations for Zone 5

11 Aug

My trip to Buffalo, NY visting family also gave me an opportunity to scope out the curb appeal color in their front foundation landscapes. The lot sizes are smaller, different plant zone than North Carolina and the growing season is much shorter with the added bonus of being covered with snow for many months.

Here at my dear Uncle’s home he works diligently on his lawn and my Aunt cares for the plants. What I love about the front foundation plantings is the consideration of the home’s exterior color when selecting annual flowers. Rusty red, burgundy and white are present on the house and also in their plant selection. The Japanese maple tree compliments the color of the home’s siding, the red geraniums pull out the the color of the shutters and the sweet alysum annual ties together nicely with the home’s trim color.

I went on a walk with Mom and came upon this beauty. Wow what an impact while keeping the front foundation plantings very simple. This elegant design starts with the pink annuals. When you mass the same colored annual, the effect is high impact.

They have utilized the pinks in the flowers pots, window boxes and the bed located in the lawn. There are a couple of things I would suggest differently. Never plant a pyramidal plant beneath windows, it is not the correct complimentary shape. I would also remove the white edging from the plant bed.

The next home focuses on the cottage and free flowing concept of adding color. Because foundation plant beds are typically small in size in the North, it is important to stick to a certain color scheme. Notice how the pink flowers are lost with the landscape. A good choice would be to add annuals like marigolds and red leafed begonias.

If low maintenance is desired, just plant a splash of color by the front door. The home below has done just that.

Have fun with your annuals and try new colors each year. Just remember to try connecting your home’s exterior beauty with the selection of colorful plants and annuals. Your front foundation beds are the first plants seen by your visitors and can provide dramatic curb appeal!!

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on August 11, 2008 in Buffalo Landscapes


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One response to “Color in Front Foundations for Zone 5

  1. Auntie

    September 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    you liked my foundation planting….I’m honored, but you should see them now. With lots of rain and low temps for most of the summer the geraniums are bigger than a bushel basked and the new color I’m trying this year is the most vibrat brilliant red, not the orangy kind. Some of the day lilies, not just the stella doras, are also still blooming and the red impat. in the back yard boarder is also huge not quite the same red as the tomatoes that are also doing very well. The show stopper this yr however were my beat up looking cacts.. they bloomed and bloomed and are showing new buds that will give me another round of flowers. Can NC beat that?

    Perhaps I’ll email you some of my flowers in pics just so you can see for yourself. 🙂


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