Take the time to read “All Hemmed In” in this week’s LA Times Home and Garden section on the rise and pernicious hegemony of foundation plantings around homes in the US. No less than five ASLA members and Fellows are interviewed, to boot.
Here’s Fellow Mia Lehrer‘s take on shrubs:
But there is a big difference between strategically placed plants used to moderate the scale of an imposing house or to create a welcoming entrance, and a uniform collar of shrubbery, says Mia Lehrer, a Los Angeles landscape architect. Put simply, one is punctuation, and the other is fortification.
The Dirt suggests printing this out and giving it to your next client who can’t stand the thought of a “naked” foundation wall.