NorthbridgeTraditional Garden, Sydney
Clipped Japanese Box balls (Buxus microphylla var. japonica) and Bay tree ball (Laurus nobilis) create sculptural interest from green foliage with contrasting texture and colour.
Photography © Nick Kennedy
What Houzz contributors are saying:
5. Japanese boxIf you love the look of box hedging but not the slow growth rate then Japanese box (Buxus microphylla japonica) is for you. With a growth rate almost twice as fast as English box and more distinctive shiny lime green leaves, this Japanese variety is now the preferred option for many garden designers and gardeners.It is also said to be more disease resistant and heat tolerant than English box. Plants will grow up to 2 metres in height but are happy to be kept clipped as low hedges.
2. Relish the juxtapositionUsing plants repeatedly within the garden creates a sense of order, and judicious repetition throughout a garden reinforces the strength of design. Typical formal planting includes manicured shrubs, clipped low hedges and large privacy screens that create garden walls. Subtropical lush planting can then be overlaid to juxtapose the rigidity.
Texture, like colour, affects perceived distance, too. Fine textured plants tend to reflect more light and stand out to the eye, so use them in the foreground. On the other hand, coarse foliage tends to have a lot of gaps and holes, resulting in dark spots and shadows. These plants tend to not stand out in the garden, making them great background plants.