Plants for home foundation

Foundation plantings of Monstera, Anthurium and Cordyline make a transition from an asphalt drive to this remodeled barn/home. The design incorporates features of Hawaii and the Caribbean. (Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise)

Foundation plantings are like spandex garments. They smooth out bumpy features and add a dressy look. When properly used, a foundation planting serves definite purposes. It connects the structure with the grounds and adjacent ornamentals so that the building and grounds appear to have grown together into an eye-appealing design. Shrubs and vines also tend to soften and blend architectural lines. Such plants give the home a finished look.