Monday, September 17, 2012

Gravel To The Foundation

What is the incessant USA love affair with foundation plantings about? 
Bushes are either leggy hags or green meatballs.
Ugly, requires maintenance, depreciates the value of a home.
Garden & Be Well,         XO Tara
Adore the gravel solution, above.  Pic from Deborah Silver who owns Detroit Garden Works.
I left USA for Europe to study gardens once horticulture degree was firmly in hand.  Was taught how to be a guy with a truck mow-blow-go.  Worse, they taught  how to landscape design from the street looking at the house.  Europe was a grand teacher.  Will never forget the first time I saw gravel to the house foundation.  GOT IT.  Love moments of epiphany.


Lori Buff said...

That is a design that has class.

Desert Dweller said...

And to think, in Abq we have all the gravel to the house and to the street...yet some still foundation plant. And we don't have foundations or basements, anywhere, to hide!

This is to be a topic on some posts coming up.

Henhurst Interiors said...

Yes, I love this look. I am going to save this picture.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...this post was directed directly to me. My bushes need trimming so badly even my Mom said it looked bad. If Mom says it looks really does. I vow to take care of it this week. I don't want to ruin the property values of my neighbors.

Ellen @Color Calling said...

This looks so much neater, not to mention the maintenance factor.

Ben Stewart said...

Great post. Very helpful. Keep up the good work. I'm following now.