Tropical Gardening: Plants for home foundation

Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Foundation plantings of palms, monstera and anthurium at this home on post and pier separate the driveway from the structure. It is a transition from the horizontal to the vertical and screens the open area under the structure.

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.