This foundation planting has been installed several years, with some plants like the weeping yaupon having been in place for many years. The common thread through the entire foundation planting is the copper flowered Encore azaleas. While the plants can get much larger, the owner keeps them loose by pruning (not sheared or clipped) and in scale. By going into the plant and removing single shoots that will get tall, she easily keeps the Encores loose and at the right height. Since she likes the cottage look, and the home has that type feel, the loose stone edging that separates the planting beds from the turf seems just right. I especially like the combination of weeping yaupon and Emerald Snow loropetalum that gives the indented corner, where there is change of building materials, mass and makes the transition well. The height of the yaupon adds to the scale of the house, which is very tall (3 stories). What you cannot see off the corner of the house on one side is a mass of Nellie R. Stevens hollies being allowed to grow tall, and off the other corner is a Southern magnolia which was placed in a mass of existing pines and flowering trees to conceal the neighbors garage doors. Again, it is important to note that the owners do a great job of pruning the plants to help them achieve a natural look, while at the same time keeping them in scale with each other. This is a beautiful foundation planting that is low maintenance and will be beautiful for many years to come.
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