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Formal Garden Plants: New Boxwood in the Backyard

Formal Garden Plants // New boxwood in the backyard. How to design a perfect English Formal Garden & how I added new English Boxwood.

Hello mid-August! Is this thing on? ;) I haven’t posted a new blog post since August 1st.. oops! This actually isn’t too out of the ordinary for my Summer schedule as I tend to take a small break every year in this month to prepare myself for the busy months and months of content ahead. (Sept-January!)

I’m actually looking to add more content to the blog as the months move forward. I’m planning on posting a recap of what I’ve been up to the last few weeks tomorrow so I’ll talk a little more about my upcoming content schedule moving forward there!

Today, I actually wanted to talk a bit about my new boxwood that I added to the backyard today! I can’t take full credit – because Serafin (our amazing gardener extraordinaire) did all the hard work. I just helped him pick them out and shared the look I wanted.

Formal Garden Plants // New boxwood in the backyard. How to design a perfect English Formal Garden & how I added new English Boxwood.

Many of you know that I have boxwood all over my garden. I love to use boxwood as a type of formal hedge – they look beautiful year-round, hide any and all leaf debris & they pull everything together in a tailored, clean way! I added a new type of boxwood that I haven’t used before – it’s called English Boxwood (Suffruticosa). It’s a compact boxwood that is known for it’s soft, billowy outline & it’s slow growth! Perfect for keeping in a fun round shape that I’ve selected for the first-tier of my garden wall.

Formal Garden Plants // New boxwood in the backyard. How to design a perfect English Formal Garden & how I added new English Boxwood.

Before I had the boxwood, I had white iceberg roses in that tier. They are really too large for that narrow, small spot (Serafin has told me this MANY times) but I wanted to give them a try anyways. Obviously he was right, so here we are today switching them out to the classic English Boxwood! I added 13 of the new boxwoods and I’m really loving the look.

We found the boxwood up at a local wholesale nursery – Devil Mountain Nursery for those of you who live locally. You need to be with a landscaper or gardener in order to shop there. (usually they are less expensive this way!)

Formal Garden Plants // New boxwood in the backyard. How to design a perfect English Formal Garden & how I added new English Boxwood.

Lots of you ask me about all the different plants in my garden & how I plan & execute this formal english garden look. For me, it all comes down planning the original design and landscaping ahead of time to make it easy for me to substitute plants down the road. Honestly, I always look through SO many inspiration photos on IG and Pinterest to help me with the overall design & look. I’d actually like to write an entire post on how to design a formal english garden soon, that would be so fun!

I know this post was short & sweet but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the new boxwood in my backyard! They’re such a beautiful addition and I’m crazy about the cute round shape contrasting with the straight garden wall. :)

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xo,
Kristy

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4 thoughts on “Formal Garden Plants: New Boxwood in the Backyard

  1. Ughhh.. I just pulled out boxwood and planted Iceberg roses because you always raved about them so much. We have large formal front and back gardens with so many boxwood. English boxwood are great, We have many types in our yard, but all boxwood need constant trimming, I’m not a fan when they get too big and bushy. I have plenty of those that are large and high bordering our fence and gate. We wanted something that was easier to care for and didn’t require so much maintainence in a garden near our pool. I showed my husband all your garden photos, told him all the positive things you were always saying about the iceberg roses, and this year we finally ordered them, I had all the boxwoods pulled in that garden and planted the roses. Your boxwood look great, as they always do when they are small and young, but I still think the icebergs would have looked great on the lower tier too. Best wishes.

    1. Hi Pattie, I love icebergs and while they looked ok in the lower tier it was just too much. I have over 60 bushes between my front and backyards. I was fine letting a few go. ;) I’ve always had boxwood too and LOVE them. There are so many types that grow at diff speeds. My new smaller bushes should stay small as they are dwarf. All my other boxwood is Green Beauty and they grown at a moderate pace. We only trim them twice a year. I also had a ton at my last home. You’ll love the icebergs. They flower so much! Hugs xo

  2. Does Seraphin have professional contacts in Sacramento .My cottage yard is an absolute horrid disaster After we removed everything to build the new fence . I need it scaped at ground zero and then keep it maintained . 🤷🏻‍♀️

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