Hiding the window wells and other ugly stuff

June 12, 2012

How do you hide the window wells without blocking sunlight to the basement?  I like to do this by moving the shrubs forward, and planting semi-evergreen perennials that just barely cover the window wells. That way, you get all possible light into the basement, but you don’t have to look at the ugly stuff from the outside of the house.

Hide the Electric Service with Plants

Along the house, from bottom to top:  a Chamaecyparis  blocks the hose bib, and then a tuft of  Red Barrenwort  (Epimedium rubrum) covers the window well.  A spreading yew comes next to hide the electric service from the main viewing corridor, with a giant Hosta ‘Elegans’  directly in front of the electric service.

Beyond that is Stephanandra, an underused but incredibly useful spreading shrub for full shade.  After the Stephanandra, we can see a few Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) and then boxwood.

In front, we see one the world’s loveliest perennials, Heaven Scent Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium Heaven Scent), then another Hosta, a Hellebore, and at the far edge, the intersectional peony sensation ‘Bartzella.’

All these plants thrive in almost full  shade on the east side of  the house, getting sun only in the early morning.  The Bartzella peony gets sun again in the afternoon.

If you don’t know Heaven Scent Polemonium, you should. It is a selection made by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens.  I’ll blog about it more later in the week.

Thanks for reading.

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