Foundation planting - Knowledgebase Question

Magnolia, Il
Question by memaw_1001
March 27, 2009
I want to plant shrubs on the South side of my house,Zone5. Equal sun/shade. No flowers, but there is a septic system on one end. What can I plant that won't bother the foundation or septic?

Answer from NGA
March 27, 2009


Small shrubs usually have small, shallow root systems. Boxwood or junipers are small and shouldn't cause problems with a nearby septic system. Pieris, although it does flower, is evergreen and will grow well in the area, too. It grows upwards of 5-6' so it will need occasional pruning to keep it smaller.

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