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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Container Gardening Ideas

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Container Gardening Ideas2021-02-19T11:11:14+00:00

Container gardening ideas have become extremely important landscaping tools as with living spaces getting smaller and smaller while our need to have plants growing around us is getting greater and greater. Growing things in pots and planters have enabled us to develop green roofs and have lush landscapes even on the smallest urban apartment and townhouse balconies.

Container Gardening

Privacy in heavily-populated areas is especially important, but it can be hard to achieve with many rules and regulations regarding hardscaping and landscaping on city ground. Planting a privacy hedge in a container on a patio or balcony is a great solution that is sure to make everyone happy.

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Even in suburban and country areas where space isn’t an issue, patios and courtyards can be greatly improved with container gardens. They soften hardscape features like stone, wood, and concrete, blending all the elements together. Container gardening ideas also removes worries of paths and patios being corrupted by vigorous roots of in-ground trees and shrubs.

Businesses such as restaurants, hotels, medical centers, and event venues can use hedges in containers to great advantage, creating private “rooms” for their clients using fixed or movable planters. They are a great option for rooftop meeting, dining, lounging, and pool areas. Additionally, using a low hedge like boxwood in a planter is a great way to add low-maintenance curb appeal and has an extremely versatile style – it looks equally at home in a quaint cottage garden as it does in an edgy, modern space.

container gardens

Through using container gardening ideas in urban parking areas gain privacy and elegance with hedges, and often concrete planters are the only way to achieve this.
Parks and public gardens benefit from using hedges in planters as well, particularly in urban areas where peace and privacy are desired, but the soil is poor or simply not available. Even in areas with plenty of room to plant in the ground, using concrete planters helps prevent sidewalk corruption and is a powerful design element. Layering different types of hedges with each other or with taller trees creates a beautiful effect.

We know that having more plants in urban environments helps counteract air, noise, and heat pollution, as well as improving aspects of human mental and physical health that are not even connected with pollution levels. We can all agree that the more plants we can have in urban areas, the better it is and because of container gardening ideas, plants can grow anywhere even rooftops and balconies are important for the environment as well as human well-being.

CONTAINER GARDENS GALLERY

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A shared courtyard at this townhouse is bordered elegantly with boxwood (Buxus) as well as yew (Taxus) hedges.

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Soft evergreen hedges like this boxwood (Buxus) make a stone patio softer and more inviting even when planted in modern, geometric shapes.

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Boxwood (Buxus) hedges used along with brick creates a splendid contrast between texture and color that is quite complementary.

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European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is used to make this narrow city lot seem more secluded.

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Beech hedges can easily be grown in planters anywhere, including patios, balconies, and green roofs.

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This formal courtyard looks tidy with a perfectly uniform boxwood (Buxus) InstantHedge border and coniferous arborvitae (Thuja) privacy hedge.

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Urban businesses gain instant curb-appeal with a tidy, uniform boxwood hedge encircling their building.

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With their dark green color and feathery texture, Hicks Yew hedges make excellent low borders that complement other plants and stone.

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This outdoor room looks stunning with a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge.

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Nicely-maintained boxwood (Buxus) hedges can help to define angles and boundaries in a contemporary design such as this.

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Even urban dwellings have have a private patio for summer gatherings when surrounded by a tall beech hedge.

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Dress up a simple bike rack by adding a green beech hedge behind it.