Recently I posted about painting the house. I noted that we painted the foundation on the front side to provide an uninterrupted background for the garden. Because that garden is set into the slope you are looking at plants at foundation level.
When I mentioned that bit of information, fellow gardener and blogger Lisa at Greenbow in Indiana was curious to see what that looked like. So this is for Lisa, who Mark and I met in 2009 at the Spring Fling in Chicago which brought together garden bloggers from across the country.
In this picture you can see where the house front changes from boards to cement blocks. Painting the foundation gave this area a more finished backdrop. When you come around the house past the big tree on the right, the foundation is not painted. But on this side, most visitors are looking down at plants. Moreover they are usually looking at the side away from the house where there is a dramatic rock group. On the back side of the house, the dense plantings obscure the foundation and on the last side is our work area which we left "au natural."