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Formal Graden Path with Arborvitae and BoxwoodTraditional Landscape, Detroit

Land Architects, Craig Terrell, Ann Arbor

This is an example of a traditional shade formal garden in Detroit. —  Houzz
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kday72 wrote:Jun 27, 2014
  • kday72

    Hi Edcs1, I see they haven't responded to either of us :( Did you find the info you needed and plant the Arborvitaes? Hope so!

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    K&D Landscape Management

    Normally, in Chicago, we would install the Thuja o. 'Smaragd' on 3' centers. They have fairly predictable growth. The Buxus are a different issue since there are so many cultivars, but I would say that 5' away from the arbs would be about right. That would allow for plant development and some space between, allowing for good air circulation and ease of maintenance.

kathicalif29 wrote:Nov 2, 2013
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    Chameacyparis obtusa :)
  • Jessie Klein
    We used 'Nellie R Stevens' hollies for privacy in an area of our backyard. They grow wonderfully, are attractive, evergreen, have berries for the birds, tolerate some shade and are deer resistant!
worledshoeshopper wrote:Oct 7, 2012
justjoe3103 wrote:May 13, 2012
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    ZZZ Boutique
    These are hinoki cypress
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    Land Architects, Inc.
    Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'. The way the foliage is arranged in a fan shape looks similar to the foliage of the Hinoki Cypress.
kristinbflo wrote:Mar 3, 2013
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    Yes the white variegated plants are Hosta. The evergreen hedge is Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'.
  • tonya b.

    very lush and beautiful.

greencup4 wrote:Apr 27, 2013
  • troshalom
    Will it grow in hardiness zone 8b/9? What type of soil does it prefer?
Jezann Allen wrote:Aug 13, 2012
elisadivittorio wrote:Apr 30, 2014

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Lauren Dunec Design added this to Hedgers and Edgers: The 10 Best Shrubs for StructureJan 16, 2017

    ‘Smaragd’ arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’), ‘Green Mountain’ boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Green Mountain’) and variegated hostas in front1. Arborvitae(Thuja occidentalis)Native to the upper Midwest, eastern U.S. and eastern CanadaArborvitae is a tough hedge plant that can withstand harsh conditions such as high winds and cold temperatures, and is useful as a dense privacy screen or windbreak. The plant thrives with regular water, so it is best planted in areas with regular rainfall.

    Alise Bailey added this to He’s Back! Touches of Harry Potter for the HomeJul 28, 2016

    These hedges evoke the Triwizard Tournament, which includes a larger-than-life maze on the quidditch pitch for the third task for competitors.

    Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Designing With Conifers: Finding the Right Garden BedmatesMar 30, 2015

    Size. A memorable garden is one in which differences in heights are tastefully exploited to create a dynamic three-dimensional quality. Notice how the tall arborvitaes (Thuja cvs, zones 4 to 8; find your zone) contrast with the shorter clipped boxwood (Buxus sp) hedge and the hostas (Hosta sp). The emotional impact of this nearly monochromatic garden is profound due to the thoughtful juxtaposition of size.

    Laura Gaskill added this to Touches of Grandness for the GardenApr 22, 2014

    Garden gate. A row of tall, tightly spaced shrubs or trees planted near the entrance to your garden can take the place of a traditional fence and gate. Soften the look of the tall hedge by planting shorter boxwoods and low-growing plants, like hosta, on either side.See 9 low-growing hedges

    Laura Gaskill added this to Stop That Draft: 8 Ways to Keep Winter Chills OutDec 23, 2013

    4. Plant wind-blocking hedges. If winds are an issue around your home, planting tall hedges or installing another wind-blocking feature (a fence, trees) on the north side of your home can help keep those strong winds at bay.

    Annie Thornton added this to Flood-Tolerant Native Trees for Soggy SoilOct 4, 2013

    Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis, zones 3 to 7) is a standby for hedges and windbreaks with its neat, symmetrical form and tightly packed needles, making it ideal for giving a formal look to poorly drained gardens. Though it's native from Manitoba and Minnesota through Quebec, there are isolated populations as far south as North Carolina. One of arborvitae's biggest draws is its variability; with some forms topping out at a mere 3 feet tall and others reaching a lofty height of 60 feet. Unless you're planting a dwarf cultivar, be sure to plant arborvitae well away from driveways, buildings, sidewalks and any other structures that they might eventually lift with their massive trunk and twisted roots.If you're after an evergreen with glossy leaves and bright red wildlife-attracting berries, look no further than the hollies. Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria, zones 7 to 10) and dahoon holly (Ilex cassine, zones 7 to 10) are excellent choices for the Southeast, while American holly (Ilex opaca, zones 5 to 10) will grow throughout most of the United States.

    Kristy Woodson Harvey and Beth Woodson added this to Walkway Landscaping Rolls Out the Welcome MatJul 31, 2012

    For longer front walks, try incorporating different layers of height. Multiple heights add depth to a landscape and tall shrubs can mimic the effect of a beautiful gate.

    Frank Organ added this to Unsung Garden Hero: Fantastic FoliageMay 1, 2012

    Lasting color. One of the most obvious attributes of the average leaf is that it is with us for a lot longer than the flower. This is truest of the evergreens, whose leaves remain on the plant from one to three years. Three layers of foliage present us here with a wall of greens — from the emerald green of the Thuja occidentalis through the golden young foliage of the trimmed Buxus to the shieldlike leaves of the variegated Hostas.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    cgevenson added this to Exterior IdeasMay 21, 2019

    The arborvitae that make up the background are like our back side bed. I've got low hostas in the front of the bed but need something between them and the arbs, probably something like this but with a different color and texture in the middle layer, the one I need to add.

    rspetrarca added this to outdoorsMay 13, 2019

    ‘Smaragd’ arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’), ‘Green Mountain’ boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Green Mountain’) and variegated hostas in front

    pewaschek added this to pewaschek's ideasMay 5, 2019

    arborvitae for the boundary between our house and 1334 (so it will hide the shed).

    conniecrich added this to Trevor and ShaliceMay 2, 2019

    I think these are a varigated hosta in the foreground. I love the white edge and trim look.

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