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Foundation / Base Greening with Climbing Trees, Bushes and Others.

"Foundation Planting" with higher growing plants, climbing shrubs, perennials and annuals, can be create without wall-bound growing systems. This lower level, inexpensive building greening is achievable. Growth areas or individual planting pits can be created in front of the facade, sometimes in combination with suspended wires. For walls with stucco outer cover and insulation, this could be an alternative if the wall should not be drilled. Also protection against graffiti often plays a role here. Here we demonstrate successful examples of groups of plants.

Lavender-tufts planted just in front of the wall, Klosterbuch / Saxony


Of the known climbing plants suitable for such buildings beds and borders are shrub roses, or stem Roses. These are a good choice. ("Tree Roses, Standard Roses"), who develop their shoots and flowers on a single pretreated stem or thin trunk are another choice. However, the latter needs a support stake, while Rose bushes can green without a climbing aid or can be fixed with a selective system 1010. Nevertheless, it's the same with climbing roses species.

Other Climbing shrubs

In addition to the roses, the perennial, woody "climbers" are also suitable. Firethorn, Cotoneaster, Espalier fruits and Wintercreeper are a few from the group. If applicable, you could lean these simply against the wall and they will naturally adhere. Other Climbers usually need a stake or climbing aid and are therefore hardly suitable for freestanding in a foundation bed and border planting. The soft and sensitive climbing perennials (hops) and the annual climbing plants also not be eligible. 

From the large group of woody plants are many shrub-like species suitable for planting in front of walls, as shown in the image examples.

Bamboo and Grasses

Bamboo and grasses are increasingly also used for wall gardens at the base in the environment of modern buildings.

Shrubs, Two-Year and Annual Plants

With these plants one can obtain usually fast effects as with the above specified, also their flowerage is often more magnificent and above all, persistent. Often Sun flowers are used in northern Germany and in the Baltic area Hollyhocks ('Mallows')are a big tradition. The selection of plants thus always depends on the location and the regional conditions. 

Shrub roses in front of a house wall
Shrub roses in front of a house wall
Lilac bushes as a copse
Lilac as a climbing copse / Wall greening at the Wartburg / Eisenach / Thuringia
Annuals and perennials
Annual and Perennials

Picture Gallery

Here you will find different examples for low and semi-high base greening's in front of buildings.

Small rose tree
A copse (rose bush) at a façade
White rose bush at a building
Rose tree as Plants in front of a house
Small rose bush / rose tree
Vermilion rose bush in front of a building, Eutin / Schleswig-Holstein
Fire thorn on a industrial façade
Forsythia as a copse
Kerry / Buttercup bush
Ranunculus bush in winter
Blooming peach bush
Privet as a copse
Bamboo as graffiti protection
Bamboo as a climbing shrub / wall green
Foundation greening of Bamboo. Jewish synagogue in Chemnitz / Saxony
Perennial planting in front of a façade
Façade design with perennials (probably "Helianthus")
Base greening with perennials (probably "Phlox"), Fischer-house on Usedom in Warthe / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Tomatoes in front of a garden arbour
Sunflowers in front of an outbuilding
Sunflowers as wall greening in front of church
Mallows (Hollyhocks)