Friday, February 24, 2012
The Trouble With Boxwood Borders
I do love the structure that my boxwood hedges add to my free-flowing, floppy, over-planted garden beds. I added a small border of the boxwoods to the back yard in SJC last year and I felt it enhanced the overall look of the area immensely. That being said, there is one thing you have to give up when you add borders, as small as they may be, and that is low-growing plants. I was thrilled this year when these perennial English primroses started blooming again a few weeks ago, but it was quite a surprise because they were hidden behind the short little hedge. I planted them last winter and they added a nice border to the front bed of Flying Rabbit Island that could be seen from the living room and dining room. Now you have to walk up to them and look down to see them as you can see in the second photograph (that is Bandit nosing through the helichrysum looking for anything interesting in the shrubs). I will most likely move them and replace them with something with a little more height, unfortunately because them seem to like it there!