Landscape Design forum: Shared Corner Landscaping Help

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Jun 21, 2017 9:32 AM CST
Our home was built 4 years ago and since we live in an HOA area the landscaping was done for us. There are 4 dwarf boxwoods put in alignment with each other. I am assuming they are dwarf because after 3 years they are the same size as when we moved in. This landscape area is shared with our neighbor who has these beautiful full bushes with flowers that I believe are about 4 feet tall. Their property line starts at their bushes. Then there is a small tree along with a bunch of eye sores that can be seen in the pictures. I want to add color but it needs to be perennials. I was thinking of adding Lemony lace Elderberry and Orange Rocket Barberry. Not sure though. I don't know what to do with the boxwood if I should keep them or move them around. I live in what is considered Zones 6a, 6b, and 7a.
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Name: June
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Jul 20, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Hi @JM485
I would keep the boxwoods, as they are green and growing (very slowly). My suggestion is that you surround the boxwoods with flowering plants that are fairly low-growing. Avoid spotty planting - one of this, one of that - and try to find something that does not clash with your neighbor's pink flowering shrubs. White, pale pink, blue, purple - all good. No orange or deep yellow! Very pale yellow would be OK. A carpet of hardy geraniums, perhaps? For example, Geranium macrorrhizum is a low, mat-forming plant with pale pink flowers. Geranium 'Brookside' is a little taller and floppier, with blue flowers. There are a lot of other varieties in shades of pink, lilac, and blue. If you want shrubs, several white-flowered Potentilla fruticosa would grow together to form a billowy mass. I recommend Potentilla 'Abbottswood', as it is a true white and flowers nearly all summer.

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