Monday, April 16, 2012

Thinking inside the box

"All gardening is landscape painting"
-William Kent

Sunshine and Violets
Painting by University of Georgia alum and Charleston artist, West Fraser.  To see more of his work

HELENA FOX FINE ARTS
Charleston, South Carolina

This time of year, the dirt is my canvas.  As when composing a painting, I first block in the large shapes and foundation...the bones of the painting.  I've spent the past few months putting in the bones of our backyard.  And my favorite specimen for doing so is the traditional boxwood.  I favor American and English varieties...for a great introduction, see the link below

Charlotte, North Carolina

A few of my existing shrubs located close to the house
potted American box
American box in front of Eden rose-bedding plants in progress

I've added eight American shrubs this year to help define our backyard




Two shrubs defining entry to my rose garden...still in progress.  Which brings me to the reason for this post...and why I love the Blogosphere so much.  Wanting to put in a low box hedge on each side of the shrubs pictured above, but unsure of what type of variety.  I've seen wintergreen box used for such, but I wanted a more dense globe.  Would green mountain work...or green velvet?  Rather than drive myself mad, I consulted the blogger below 


Much to my surprise, he replied with not just an answer but a blog post with reference images!  Too much to share here, I invite you to read his post

With confidence, I ordered 16 green velvet boxwoods and prepared the site as recommended in the above post.  They are now in the ground...one step closer to my completed rose garden!



THANK YOU NICK
for helping me think inside the boxwood



13 comments:

LUCY WILLIAMS said...

oh my-it is looking AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you must be psyched...nothing like watching your garden grow!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Lucy: I miss the boxwoods of Virginia

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

i am so in love with that first image of the boxwood in that particular planter!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Thanks Tiffany, the pot has aged nicely....terrified I may come home one day to my husband "cleaning it" for me

pve design said...

My dear friend completed a wonderful course at the NY Botanical and she warned me of a sort of "boxwood fungus" that is out there....I love them and have many.
Boxwood provide such a good border...and the shape is so pleasing.
Looking fantastic.
pve

Jennifer C. Webb said...

PVE: I would rather get a fungus myself than lose my boxwoods to one

kayce hughes said...

So exciting!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

There are few things that a boxwood doesn't make better. Looks great!

Gail, in northern California said...

I hope you stay in your house for a very long time.
You have me hooked on Martha Tate's "Garden Photo of the Day". The way she and her friends live it seems they've had their gardens forever.

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Gail: me too, love that blog! Who knew a single photo could tell such wonderful stories

pve design said...

Jennifer,
Congrats, you won the florist note-cards. Pop me an e-mail for your snail mail address and I will send them off to you!
pve

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Found your blog via ove, the boxwood are looking wonderful.
A great backbone to a rose garden. Its going to look splendid. We are also adding lots more boxwood into our garden at the moment.

Paul

Jennifer C. Webb said...

MCWC: would love to see your boxwoods, looking forward to exploring your blog

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