Foundation Planting at the Front of the House

Another summer project under our belts and it all began with a few bad winters. 

front of the house view

This is how the old boxwood looked after too much snow spent too much time piled on top of them. 

The garage door had seen better days as well so we started the home improvements at the front of the house. 

As you read, don't forget to visit the bold sentences to read more about the story. 

When the idea to pull out all the boxwood under the window came about we needed a plan. 

Step one was to remove all the old shrubs, it was a huge job, the roots were long and thick, but here it is completed.

Front window of the house with garden bed

My husband researched plants that grew well in partial sun then we headed for the local nursery. 

After we found the plants we needed the next step was to lay them out where we thought they'd look best. 

We are not gardening experts and nor are most people, we just know what we know. 

Plants added to the foundation of the house

When we were satisfied with the arrangement we began the planting. 

Great plants to use for foundation planting:

We used New Guinea Impatience in the front, Spirea Gold, Hosta, and Manhattan Euonymus.

Planting the begonias in the front of the bed

We had a little more room for plants than we thought so we headed back to the nursery and picked up some Sage for the spot next to the mailbox. 

purple flowers ready to be planted

When the planting was finally finished, we gave the new garden a good soaking. 

Finished garden bed in the shade

A few days later we added a layer of black mulch to hold in the moisture. 

You can read our tutorial about edging and mulching the garden

Rake and mulch ready to edge the garden

Here's a little trick we learned while planting the garden... if you stick your phone in the mailbox it acts as a giant speaker for music while you work! 

See... you know what you know! 

Mailbox at the front door with garden plants

We ended up using this edging around the garden after removed the old railroad ties.

If you haven't seen our very favorite plant for the urns in the front of the house, you can read about it by visiting this link. 

They bloom from April to November in the northeast and they couldn't be prettier!

Mailbox with potted plant in iron planter

Here is the finished garden a month later, the plants are all filling in beautifully and the black mulch tops it off! 


You can read all about that blue chair I found on the side of the road by visiting this DIY tutorial. 

View of blooming flowers and purple chair with flowers

We also spent some time conditioning the teak bench on the front porch so it looks clean and ready for the season. 

Teak bench at front of house with potted plant in iron planter

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .