Formal Graden Path with Arborvitae and BoxwoodTraditional Landscape, Detroit
Land Architects, Craig Terrell, Ann Arbor
What Houzz contributors are saying:
‘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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.