Trees and Shrubs forum: What to plant with Boxwoods?

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wpascarelli
Apr 17, 2017 12:06 PM CST
I am going to be planting some boxwoods in a small garden area on the side of my home. I am interested in finding another type of prerrenial shrub that goes well if mixed with the boxwoods. Looking for something that doesnt get very big, and also rabbit-resistant if possible. This side of my house does not get full sun. Id say partial sun. I am in zone 5b.
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Name: Chad
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chadu82
Apr 17, 2017 12:20 PM CST
I'd like to hear what others think about this as well. I bought my home 2 years ago and planted some boxwoods I purchased from Wal-Mart directly in front of my porch. They haven't grown very fast and just this past year I've noticed some growth in them... Hurray! Last summer, I mulched around them to give the area a cleaner look and I thought I might plant something with them. However, every time the lawn guy comes to mow and weedeat, it looks awful with all of the grass and weeds tossed into the bed so just recently, I pulled up all of the mulch and left the ground alone some the grass can grow back in.
Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Apr 17, 2017 7:43 PM CST
Groundcover roses would look good around them and provide some color also. Here are some different ones at Heirloom roses. http://www.heirloomroses.com/r...

Some other plant options are catmint and salvias. They bloom for a long time and have bushy growth.

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crazypetunias
Apr 20, 2017 9:37 AM CST
I have seen boxwood paired with hydrangeas and burning bush. They look nice in the summer. During the winter, only the boxwood keep their leaves though.
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sooby
Apr 20, 2017 10:42 AM CST
wpascarelli said:I am going to be planting some boxwoods in a small garden area on the side of my home. I am interested in finding another type of prerrenial shrub that goes well if mixed with the boxwoods. Looking for something that doesnt get very big, and also rabbit-resistant if possible. This side of my house does not get full sun. Id say partial sun. I am in zone 5b.


I find hostas go well, they like the same conditions and the difference in leaf sizes make a pleasing contrast - colour contrasts too. But you asked for shrubs so not really the best suggestion. Whistling

What I did want to say, though, is that boxwood is better not planted under a house roof overhang unless you can provide enough irrigation water to make up for the blocking of rainfall. They do not like to get too dry at the roots. Also they will not do their best on a house wall facing the prevailing wind, which here is typically north west. Once the ground is frozen they can't take up water so because they are evergreen they can get dessicated by winter wind.

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