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Great Plants for the Front of Your House

May 9, 2020 5:20 pm Published by Comments Off on Great Plants for the Front of Your House

When it comes to choosing plants for the front of your Chelsea AL homes, you want something attractive and full enough to fill the space, but nothing overwhelming that requires constant trimming. Fortunately, there are a number of attractive plants and shrubs that are ideally suited for the front of your new home, both flowering and evergreen, so that your home always looks its best. All of these are suited to USDA zone 8.

For visual pizazz, the Emerald Snow Loropetalum makes a great showing with its numerous white flowers that fill the plant during the spring. The rest of the time, this evergreen still fills the area nicely and grows four to six feet high and three to four feet wide. You can always trim it after its spring bloom is finished. It does best with full to partial sun in acidic, well-drained soil.

If you want to go bolder with color, the Light Show Red Bottlebrush is the perfect plant. The round red flowers that bloom in summer and fall easily attract pollinators. The red flowers are complemented by thin-leaf clusters. This evergreen grows to about two- to three-feet high and wide, ideal if you don’t want something too large. It tolerates drought and salt air, and likes full sun and well-drained soil.

A great one that combines a bit of color with a nice mounding shape is the charmingly named Miss Lemon Abelia. The variegated leaves have edges that age from yellow to ivory, and during the summer there are light pink blossoms that attract pollinators. It generally grows about three feet tall and four feet wide, making it ideal for filling in front areas.

Boxwoods are classic plants, and the Baby Gem Japanese Boxwood is an excellent choice as it tends to be hardier than its English or American cousins. This is a plant that works well in planters and in the ground, creating a variety of design options. This glossy-leafed boxwood grows slowly, ultimately reaching about four feet wide and four feet tall, making it great for squared or rounded shapes. It does best with full to part sun and well-drained soil.

Finally, if you’re looking for something to fill in bushes with exposed bases or to line walkways, the Everillo Carex is a colorful choice year round. This perennial is a glorious chartreuse yellow all year long and is a grass-like mounding plant that grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. As well as using it to fill in low areas or line walkways, it can be grown in containers and mixes beautifully with a variety of colorful plants, helping to make shadier areas pop. It does well in partial sun and shade and can take some drought.

These are just five options of plants that are ideal for creating fantastic curb appeal at the front of your Chelsea AL homes. Mix and match or pair with other favorites for a front yard that will draw admiring glances from every passerby.

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