Foxtails - Knowledgebase Question

Los Angeles, Ca
Question by iblanc
May 7, 2010
Hi, I am very new to gardening. I love the look of Foxtail (Asparagus Fern). Can it be planted along the foundation? I've only seen them used as accents in the gardens or in the pots. If I plant it along my foundation, mixing with Mock Orange, will they both survive? Are foxtail roots aggressive to damage the foundation? Will those two look good? Thank you!

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2010


Asparagus fern is often planted at the front of borders so the feathery foliage can hang down over a walkway or lawn. It's a relatively well behaved perennial but you may want to dig and divide the plants every 3-4 years. This way you can watch the root systems to make sure they're not getting out of hand. I've never heard of asparagus fern threatening a concrete foundation but it won't hurt to look every few years. Mock orange is an attractive shrub with dark green leaves. I think the combination of dark green and light green leaves will look nice together. Enjoy your new garden!

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