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Yes, Tiger Lilies are pretty but they lined 25 feet of my garage and were not looking that lovely anymore. They had become overgrown and leaned out as if on their last gasp. So, I put them out of their misery and ripped ‘em out. Now what? Shrubs for Color of course! First thing to consider is the mature size of the shrub(s) you’re considering. When planting near a foundation, you need to give them room to grow and room to walk behind if need be. So if you’re shrub will reach 5 feet wide, you’ll want to come out at the very least 2 1/2 feet from the building.I’m looking for something easy to grow, handles some afternoon sun, which is hotter, won’t get too large and will add color.
The ‘Cool Splash’ dwarf honeysuckle has bright white and green variegated leaves, grows to a mounded 4 feet tall and has little yellow flowers in June and July.
Mix that with some ‘Cabernet’ Japanese Barberry which is a beautiful burgundy until Fall when it turns yellow and I might have my plan! (btw, I was told this is not invasive but have recently found out that that is up in the air)