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Name: Random Bunny
Indiana
random_bunny75
Aug 26, 2018 8:56 PM CST
This is what we are thinking- please see the sketch, the dimensions, general layout and plants we are planning. Dimensions are kind of tight... ie not a very large area to work with.

My wife wants dwarf english boxwood and golden mop crypress alternating. One pee wee hydrangea and a weigela in one corner.

House faces East... 5-6 hours of sun. We are in zone 5.

I am not completely sold on english boxwood because of some reading I did on the disease and they are expensive too. A few questions:

1- What do you think of the layout/ arrangement? I know some have suggested I should open up the bed- but I dont think I will do that this year.
2- What english boxwood alternatives you suggest which will look nice and i can maintain them in dwarf sizes, less than 2 ft tall and 2 ft wide? Also, will not break my bank account? And something that should not be hard to find?
3- Any other suggestions?

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Name: Random Bunny
Indiana
random_bunny75
Aug 27, 2018 6:51 PM CST
So the local nursery does not keep english box wood. Another reason I should ditch it.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 27, 2018 7:36 PM CST
It sounds like your wife is into a well organized English style garden but because of your avatar (Random Bunny), you are not. You can get the look and feel your wife is going for while still using plants available in your area and adding a little randomness.

Do you know what agricultureal zone you are in? You can find it by using your zip code in the "Tools and Apps" section above.

Check with your local nursery and see what they do stock because they will stock plants that do well in your area (unless your local nursery is a Big Box store). Lok at your neighbors' yards to see what appeals to you, take photos and ask your nursery to ID them.

Instead of planting a lot of one plant, mix it up. Evergreens are wonderful in winter because there is still some color in your otherwise white yard. But you are looking for texture and color and height, ie: My favorites are Birds Nest Spruce, Baby Blue Eyes Spruce and Dwarf Mugo Pines. In summer, you need color and texture. My east facing backyard has the above evergreens but also Shasta Daisies, Barberries, Veronica and Peonies.

Plant daffodils and tulips for very early spring color. I also have a 'wave' of carpet roses. They don't need pruning, are mounding in habit and are beautiful all summer.

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Aug 27, 2018 8:31 PM CST
Beware of mature sizes- I had gold mop and they eventually get huge, whereas boxwood is slow and tidy and easy to control (if you can get it). So one often hard-earned lesson is to heed growth rate and mature size along with what looks pretty together.
Personally I would avoid anything large like gold mop cypress in front of the walkway to the door.
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Name: Random Bunny
Indiana
random_bunny75
Aug 28, 2018 6:21 AM CST
So the local nursery does not keep english box wood. Another reason I should ditch it.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 28, 2018 10:10 AM CST
Yes, ditch the boxwood.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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