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Question: I have a patio measuring about 17X18 located in Daly City CA. I would like to plant a hardy hedge of about 3-4 ft tall around the patio. What can you suggest?

Answer: One of the most popular plants for hedging is boxwood (Buxus). There are several varieties for you to choose from:

Buxus 'Green Velvet' Foliage retains its rich green color throughout winter. Dense, rounded form if left unsheared. Evergreen. Full to partial sun. Moderate grower to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'The best dwarf European boxwood for small scale applications. Grows slowly at just one inch per year to reduce need for shearing in formal hedges, edges and topiary. Natural form is rounded with dense foliage and fine branching. Resistant to box leaf miner. Protect from extremes of heat and cold. Evergreen. Full sun. Slow growth to 30 inches tall and as wide.

Buxus x 'Green Gem? Produces a small, lush mound of emerald green summer foliage. Experiences some bronzing in winter cold. Naturally oval form and dense foliage is perfect for low hedges. Well adapted to shearing for parterres and other geometric forms. Excellent foundation plant for house or fence line to ensure year-around coverage. Protect from drying winter winds to prevent tip dieback. Evergreen. Full to part sun. Slow growing to 3 to 4 feet tall and as wide.

Buxus x 'Green Ice' Plant Truly lush, evergreen beauty in winter. A non-bronzing boxwood that produces glossy, dark green foliage with blue-green new growth. Compact rounded form is valued for modest hedges. Perfect size for small or city gardens. Tolerant of regular shearing for formal hedge or topiary forms. Pest and disease free for easy care. Evergreen shrub. Full sun to part shade. Slow to moderate growth 3 feet tall and as wide.

Hope one of these plants appeals to you.

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