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zeddzeppelin
Nov 5, 2016 7:15 PM CST
So we're looking to re-landscape our front garden, there are two large symmetrical garden beds and I think a small (50-60cm tall) box hedge surrounding the outline of the garden would look beautiful.

What type of large (1.5-2.5 metre) green coloured plant would fit a box hedge garden? We're considering making the base of the garden large pebble and placing a statue in the centre.

P.S: I'm sorry in advance for my lack of gardening terminology, my knowledge is limited :P
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Zencat
Nov 5, 2016 8:31 PM CST
Giving us a location in the world would help us with answers. What would work one place may not in another.

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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Nov 5, 2016 10:16 PM CST
zeddzeppelin said:So we're looking to re-landscape our front garden, there are two large symmetrical garden beds and I think a small (50-60cm tall) box hedge surrounding the outline of the garden would look beautiful.

What type of large (1.5-2.5 metre) green coloured plant would fit a box hedge garden? We're considering making the base of the garden large pebble and placing a statue in the centre.

P.S: I'm sorry in advance for my lack of gardening terminology, my knowledge is limited :P


If you are looking for a contracting color, I would suggest Purple ajuga, 3" tall and they spread.
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syzone8aUK
Nov 7, 2016 6:16 AM CST
A magnolia tree/shrub might be something to consider? Maybe azalea? My neighbor has an azalea and it looks stunning in his box hedge garden! Sorry I don't know which type he has..
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sooby
Nov 7, 2016 7:44 AM CST
Welcome! I'm guessing zeddzeppelin is in the UK from the spelling and use of the metric system so probably USDA zone 8 or 9 equivalent depending on location.

Are you looking for something evergreen or can it be deciduous? Do you want flowering or not flowering (since you asked for a green coloured plant). Maybe looking at some pictures of parterres would give some idea of the look you are going for:

Parterre images:
https://www.google.ca/search?q...

Box hedges can be a good foil for red flowers because of the amount of green when otherwise they can be overwhelming.
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