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Question: looking for small ,slow ,growing ,close to zero maintance foundation shrubs with maybe one that will stand out and be some what larger with some special interest

Answer: There are many shrubs that can be used as foundation plants. Your selection will depend on many factors including the size of the area to be planted, the maximum allowable height and width of the planting, whether or not you prefer evergreens or a mix of deciduous and evergreens, and the growing conditions along the foundation -- is it sunny or shady and at what time of day, what kind of soil is there, is it particularly wet or dry, and is it especially windy in the winter? I would suggest you make a rough sketch/measurements of the area and take that along with a photo of that side of your house to the garden center and work with your professionally trained nurseryman to determine which plants would thrive in the growing conditions where you want to plant. Then, make your selection from among those based on what you like best. Winter is a "slow" season when garden center staff may have time to spend consulting with you on a free or low cost basis in preparation for spring planting season. Alternatively, you could hire a garden designer or landscape architect to help you with the plant selection and design of the bed. Enjoy your new shrubs!

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