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What to Plant in Front of Boxwoods

March 14, 2023

Green lush boxwood plants cultivated in large flowerpot on sunny street on clear summer day

If you want to add some visual interest to your boxwoods, try planting some flowering plants in front of them. These low-maintenance flowers offer seasonal color and beauty.

If you're looking for a perennial to plant in front of your boxwoods, daylily cultivars are a great option. These flowers fade back to the ground in autumn but bloom again the following spring.


Hydrangeas and boxwoods look wonderful together, especially in a formal garden where they add an air of wildness. Both hardy plants prefer moist, acidic soil as well as some afternoon shade to protect themselves from the hot afternoon sun.

They enjoy a good mulch, which helps keep the soil well-drained. Since these creatures require plenty of water, make sure you provide it regularly!

Make your hydrangeas even more eye-catching by planting other perennials that bloom in the early spring and late fall. Perennials like foxglove (Galium verna) produce purple flowers and make an excellent accompaniment to hydrangeas.

Ornamental grasses such as blue fescue (Festuca glauca) and dwarf fountain grass (Ficaria verna) provide spiky, mounded forms ideal for border or edging plantings. Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) offers variegated green and gold foliage and makes an excellent choice for shady areas.


When looking for a classic flowering plant that thrives near boxwoods, periwinkles make an excellent choice. Furthermore, they're relatively easy to grow as well.

Boxwoods come in an array of colors and can reach heights up to 20 feet, so they'll easily fill any gaps between your other plants.

Periwinkles can be easily found at most garden centers and require minimal upkeep if you have some extra time on your hands. Plus, their distinctive leaf design draws attention to themselves.

Other plants that look lovely with boxwoods include Ajuga reptans (Carpetbugle), Japanese spurge and Ajuga glauca (Glacier grass). If you need a low-growing groundcover, try pachysandra: it comes alive bareroot with six units and produces mildly fragrant white or purple flowers that can survive in full sun or partial shade conditions.


Boxwood foliage offers a striking visual, so adding textural contrast with plants such as thyme, hosta, lady's mantle or lirope is an excellent way to add interest in your garden.

Begonias are an easy-to-maintain perennial that looks beautiful in front of boxwood hedges. Their vibrant inflorescences will brighten up your yard and draw attention to your boxwood hedges.

Other shade-loving perennials that can enhance the aesthetic of your boxwood shrubs in a shady location include elephant ears, caladium and coleus. All three of these flowers are easy to grow and tolerate both full sun and partial shade conditions.


Lilyturf (Alyssum) is a perennial groundcover that complements boxwoods beautifully. Not only does it add height and texture, but its versatility allows for multiple uses - as an edging plant or as a standalone ornamental.

Boxwoods make an attractive retaining wall, and to add visual interest and color, try some of the annual flowering varieties mentioned above.

When planting flowering plants with Boxwoods, opt for one that won't overpower the foliage and can thrive in similar conditions - including plenty of sun and full or partial shade.

Ornamental Grass

Boxwoods are an ideal choice for gardeners looking to add visual interest and structure to their landscape. Not only are they easy to prune, but they can thrive in both full and partial sun conditions.

Low-maintenance perennial grasses make an excellent complement to boxwoods, often used to line paths or between shrubs for year-round interest.

Monkey grass (Ajuga reptans) produces tiny purple flower heads on spikes all over its foliage. Not only do these blooms emit an herbal aroma, but they're also deer-resistant!

Japanese spurge (Pachysandra) makes for an attractive accompaniment to boxwoods due to its serene green elegance that complements the naturalistic look of these shrubs. Its rounded leaves create a distinctive texture that complements the shape and form of boxwood limbs and shrubs perfectly.


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