Rather than fill the empty space of the planting beds with an array of flowers and shrubs, the designer chose to emphasize the unique boxwood shapes by planting them far apart. A simple, neat layer of mulch ensures the focus remains on the artistic topiary element and deters the growth of weeds.
A pergola topped with a bushy climbing vine creates a defined entrance to the backyard of this Dallas, Texas, home. A meandering stone path leads guests through this English-style garden that's layered with greenery.
Formal walkways in the garden lead visitors through a succession of rooms, each with their own ornamental focal points. Here, a series of overhead metal arbors act as guides for garden roses to grow and climb upon, structured at the base by topiary boxwoods and strong stone pillars.
To guide the eye through the garden, layers of pruned boxwood become central focal points that engage the visitor. Using the same plant in varying shapes and heights highlights the unique spaces within the formal garden and the artistry of a manicured, clipped hedge.
The parterre style of the garden is defined with strong elements like topiary boxwoods in varying shapes, layered with softer plants like hyssop. The linear gravel walkway leads the visitor from the house to a formal, round fountain, and their eye to the lawn and landscape beyond.
A basalt rock and iron fence opens into an Portland, Ore., garden that was inspired by the homeowners' love of gardens in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. The garden, which features perennials, roses, and shrubs, was on a 2015 tour hosted by The Garden Conservancy.
Layers of plants surround a round, formal stone fountain in this English garden. A short Boxwood hedge defines the edge, with an abundance of vibrant and herbaceous hyssop filling the interior to the fountain's stone edge. A central urn holds a red flowering begonia.
This beautifully landscaped courtyard includes an arched arbor and stone pathway that leads to a covered patio and outdoor dining area surrounded by container plants and tall topiaries. Traditional chandeliers are covered in leafy vines to continue the garden look.
Historical inspiration was drawn from gardens in the United Kingdom's National Trust properties for this landscape. The succession of rooms defined by formal pathways, focal points and ornamental plantings are typical of classic parterre-style gardens.
English Rose 'Kew Gardens' is an unusual English rose with small, single flowers clustered in very large heads somewhat like a hydrangea. Though more like a species hybrid in appearance, it enjoys all the strengths of a David Austin rose. The young buds are soft apricot opening to pure white, with a hint of soft lemon behind the stamens. After bloom, small red hips which should be removed to encourage repeat flowering from early summer through the end of the season. It is extremely healthy, nearly thornless and produces masses of white blooms, lending the bush the appearance of being covered with snow. Its growth is bushy and upright. It makes a lovely flowering hedge. Repeat-flowering. Grows to approximately 5 ft tall x 3 ft wide. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 2009, Ausfence).
A perfect fit for topiary and container gardening, English Boxwood is a small evergreen shrub known for slow growth and yellow and green coloring on its leaves. At full maturity, this shrub will reach 2 feet in width and height. Like most shrubs, it simply requires watering twice a week and partial to full sun exposure.
This rooftop garden features low-maintenance composite decking, a custom-built pergola with string lighting, outdoor kitchen, and gorgeous multi-level plantings. The style is English garden meets city wilds, contrasted against contemporary lines of the furniture.
David Austin's 'Charlotte' is one of the most beautiful of the yellow English Roses. Its charming upward-facing flowers feature an exquisite open cup shape and a soft yellow hue that mixes easily with other colors in the garden. It has a strong, delicious Tea rose fragrance. It is an excellent repeat-bloomer and is one of the hardiest English Roses, handling colder winters well. 'Charlotte' grows to 4 ft tall by 3 ft wide. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 1993, Auspoly).