A Deep Shade Front Foundation Makeover
This Jockey Hollow Residence was also in need of a refresh that tolerated north-facing, deep shade… and of course deer too! The shrubs along the foundation were overgrown and spindly while the plantings along the walkway sprawled out creating a messy, undefined look.
Our Lead Designer, Erik, was able to assess the situation and provide appropriate planting solutions including Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘fastigiata’ aka Upright Plum Yews for dramatic anchors flanking the front steps. The Cephalotaxus ‘Duke Gardens’ was placed in the most shaded area of the foundation. This variety of plum yew grows in a loose but rounded habit and are virtually shade/deer/drought proof! They are the perfect solution for any homeowner looking to diversify from Boxwoods. Erik also included other tough, shade-loving plants such as Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ grass, Ivory Prince Hellebores, Raspberry Splash Lungwort, Japanese Painted Ferns, and PJM Rhododendrons.