Inside corner foundation planting ideas

sfatula(7b)March 12, 2014

I have a new house close to the Red River, 7b/8a. I am trying to figure out what to put in this insde corner. At first, I thought a very small tree might look good there, but, there are undoubtedly other choices. Seems like it's at a key spot. This has a west exposure. While there are trees to the west of this, they were just planted and it will be a long time before any shade is provided. They are also 20 feet away.

So... I am not so familiar with gardening here and could use some suggestions for an ornamental or accent plant to place here to make this area look good. Any ideas?

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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

Im sure this sounds cliche and overused but that looks like a good spot for an ornamental grass. Most are drought and heat tolerant. the heat build up from the brick in summer will be tremendous so keep that in mind what ever you do. Maybe a crepe myrtle that you keep small.

Mike

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 9:39AM
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redclay4evr

Bird of paradise, Seju elm, Red Yucca, Photinia, Yaupon Holly "Will Fleming", Tiny Tower Italian Cypress, Chaparral Arizona Cypress, Blue Arrow Juniper.. Just to name a few.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 9:55AM
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Lisa_H(7)

Dawn is from your area. I would do something that stays evergreen there...but be careful you leave enough space. Most people, including myself, plant waaaay too close to the foundation. Those decorative hollies are not a bad choice unless there is any reason you would need to access that corner :)

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 1:45PM
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sfatula(7b)

No access needed. I am almost convinced to go with a vine, evergreen as you say. Perhaps, a crossvine? Supposed to be good here.

I could then just do something short in front of it, flowers, whatever. Crossvine should climb the brick.

I'd probably have to prune it every so often as I don't want it to go past the windows on each side.

Who is Dawn?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 3:56PM
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miraje(7a)

I'll just chime in and advise against photinias. The builders of our house planted two in similar spots to yours around the foundation except that there's a bit of a roof overhang over them. I have to assault them both with loppers at least twice a year now to keep them at a manageable size, otherwise they'd get huge. I'd go more in the direction of a holly or a crepe myrtle. Hollies can get big, too, but at least they grow so slowly that you can stay on top of them.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 4:07PM
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sfatula(7b)

Yeah, I would not consider Photinias, get way too big and eventually trunks very thick.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 4:10PM
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lat0403(Z7-SWOK)

I like the idea of Tiny Tower Italian cypress. Which part of the state do you live in? I know you say along the Red River, but I live in Jackson county and the things I can grow are much different than the things people in the southeast corner of the state can grow.

Leslie

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 5:05PM
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sfatula(7b)

Right by Lake Texoma in Bryan county, south.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 7:20PM
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Lisa_H(7)

I would not plant a vine next to brick if there is any chance it will dig into your mortar like ivy does. I will echo everyone else on photinas....they want to be huge. They make a great living privacy fence if you have lots of room. I keep swearing I will get a photo of the ones planted at my church building. They outgrew being kept trimmed, so they are now the hulking plants they want to be. Unfortunately they are blocking all the sunlight for the bed as well.

Crepe myrtles are a really nice addition. If you don't want a tree size, you can find the miniature bush types. Also look into autumn sage / salvia. Both of those will give you some nice blooms when the spring blooms have pooped out.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 1:30AM
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sfatula(7b)

Crossvine does not dig in like ivy, it uses suction and a different method of climbing.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 1:36AM
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