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Piedmont Triad’s Ugliest Landscape Contest-2009

If your front foundation landscape is on the ugly side, send those hideous pictures to me at Diana(sign for at) I will post the best of the ugly landscapes on the blog until August 31st. The best worst foundation landscape will win a free consultation with me for an hour of suggestions.


This is a great idea for homes on the market needing curb appeal or homes that are overgrown needing a face lift. Be brave and send in your neighbors eye sore landscape and do the community a favor.


If you are new to the area, we are in zone 7 and have a wonderful plant palette to choose from. Don’t be afraid to send in your photographs, I will keep them anonymous if you choose. Look at this line of liriope!!


If you are from my home town of Buffalo, NY and would like to enter your pitiful front foundation landscape pictures, feel free to do so. If you pay for my plane ticket, I will give you a free landscape consultation.

The guidelines for the contest:

  • Picture has to be submitted by August 31st 2009
  • Picture must be of a front foundation landscape (meaning, the plants along the front of the home)
  • Homeowner must own home
  • Homes must not exceed a distance of 20 miles outside Greensboro city limits
  • One entry per family

Submit pictures and let’s have some fun!!! ? Even runner ups will receive my 2 cents about improving their landscapes on the blog.

Our first picture comes from Donna G. in Thomasville, NC. It looks to me like the entire front foundation planting is missing. Good one Donna!

Front of house

We have another entry. I do have some landscaping ideas for this one.


This home was actually a neighbors. Don’t worry, I won’t tell them you have submitted the picture unless they win.


I really do love the color of this home.


We another ugly home contestant on the last day of contest. This is a neighbors home.


Happy Planting!


Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

September 8th and the Winner of the contest is the home with the white fence with green shutters and awnings.

The first 3 and last home on this post are lacking in variety. They are simply boring and what will happen if this plant is a favorite of a particular insect. You are right, your landscape is demolished.

The fourth home sent in by Donna does not even have a foundation planting. A foundation plant bed is the area directly beside the front of the home. Grass is higher maintenance and they even have to get out the weed wacker since there is no plant bed in front of the home.

The fifth home is very symmetrical. I am thinking these plants were invited to join Noah on his ark. Several varieties of plants, but only 2 of each. The plants in front of the windows will eventually block the view. This is a potential safety hazard.

The seventh home lacks a foundation planting too.

The sixth home is definitely the winner. The foundation planting is not even clear because of the fence. Because this was a drive by shooting compliments of an unhappy neighbor, a close up picture couldn’t be taken. I have seen this home’s front foundation planting and it needs help. If they accept some advice is now up to them.

Watch out for more contests!!


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Color in Front Foundations for Zone 5

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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