Answer: You would not want to plant too close to the boxes since the utility company will need to access them for maintenance. (You might check with the utility company directly and see if they have setback or right of way requirements before you plant. You also should also have the utility lines specifically marked before you dig -- in many areas that is actually required by law.) You may be able to train a vine over the boxes and avoid planting right next to them that way, or you might consider planting a shrub bed or island between your house and the boxes to conceal the view without planting right next to them. Another option would be to use a large, arching or wide spreading shrub or cluster of shrubs to shield the view. Be sure to plant them far enough apart that they will not be crowded when they reach their mature size. Your local professional nursery staff should be able to help you identify some plants that would thrive in that spot and hide the boxes. Good luck with your project!
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