Ideas for Plants for the Front Border of a House

When looking at plants for the front border of a house, consider a line of tall flowers, such as tulips, mass plantings of wildflowers, or screens of shrubs. Whatever is used, this is a good way to frame your house in color and make a statement. You'll want plants that really pop and give your house curb appeal. Border plants include some of the traditional gardening favorites.

English Daisy

The English daisy, Bellis perennis, has blooms that look like buttons and will get 4 to 6 inches tall with a 6- to 8-inch-wide spread. It is a fast grower that is easy to care for. Flower colors will be a mix of pink, red or white and will appear from spring to summer. Leaves are deep green. It should be planted in full sun or partial shade in any soil with average moisture.

Carpathian Bellflower

The Carpathian bellflower, Campanula carpatica "white clips" cultivar, has flowers that look like bells and forms a cushion of leaves in the landscape. It will get 6 to 12 inches tall with an 8- to 12-inch spread. Flower color for this particular variety is white, but other cultivars have other colors. Carpathian bellflower blooms from summer to fall. It should be planted in full sun or partial shade in any soil with any soil moisture.

Russian Stonecrop

The Russian stonecrop plant, Sedum kamtschaticum, has a look of green leaf carpet. Leaves are deep green and flowers are yellow and star-shaped, appearing in summer. It will get 4 to 6 inches tall with a spread of 12 to 23 inches. Russian stonecrop needs to be planted in full sun or partial shade in any soil with any soil moisture. This is another easy-to-care for plant.

Perennial Alyssum

The perennial alyssum, Aurinia saxatilis "citrina" cultivar, is a mass of flowers and leaves that is evergreen. It will get 8 to 12 inches tall with a spread of 12 to 23 inches wide. Flowers are yellow and appear spring to summer. Leaves are gray-green. Plant a perennial alyssum in full sun in any average to dry soil.

English Lavender

The English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia "hidcote" cultivar, is a shrub that is deer resistant and drought tolerant. It will get 12 to 23 inches tall with an equal spread. Flowers will be purple and occur in the summer. Leaves are gray-green. Plant an English lavender plant in full sun in normal to sandy soil with average to dry moisture. It is easy to care for.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.