To trim bushes or not?

hlbryantMarch 21, 2014

We have bunch of boxwood bushes in front of our house. I was wondering if it would look even better if the bushes were cut a little lower to reveal more of the white porch railing behind it. Should the bushes be trimmed differently to make it look better? This is how the previous owner kept it so just wondering if there is any room for improvement.

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I would be thinking a complete redo is in order. The goal for enhancing your house face and especially entrance, should not be to take the most interesting things and cover them up with a green barricade, which is what the shrubs are acting as. It could be much nicer if your home looked more inviting. Widening the walk, and steps would help a lot. the picture could stand a couple of small tree whose canopy conceals some of the roof. One I've shown. Another could go at the far left corner (not shown.)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 1:28AM
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Absolutely would remove the shrubs. I don';t know why, but it is hard for most people to just cut down and throw away perfectly healthy shrubs, it is for me too. But your home will look immediately better, and less work to constantly prune and shape the shrubs. It is the same feeling for trees. I see horrible trees, half dead or totally covering a house, too close or whatever, and people just feel awful cutting a tree down. !

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 11:52AM
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Yardvaark, we love it! Thank you so much for the suggestion. I don't have the vision for this kind of thing so this is sooooo helpful.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 12:29PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I'd like to compliment you on your lawn! Wow! Makes me want to just lay down on that luscious greenness! :-))

Post a photo when you get rid of those plants and open things up! Would love to see the final result!


    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 11:08AM
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Thanks, desertdance! We have the previous homeowner to thank for the lawn. We are hoping to keep it looking just as nice. I'll post a pic if this is something we can do this summer!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 1:12PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I wouldn't plant any matching pairs or straight lines of shrubs in front of this place as the house itself is not geometrically symmetric all the way across, due to the overhang and the smaller room(s) at the one end. And I would definitely discontinue the formal shearing of the shrubs, as that also does not match the design of the house.

If you do convert to the (mostly) informal planting shown in the one post here the beds should have flowing shapes to go along with the planting style.

A good primer, written in the style of an essay or magazine article is the small, inexpensive - yet utterly classic - book on the subject Garden Design Illustrated by John and Carol Grant. Reprinted many times but not recently, you will probably have to get it off the internet if interested.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 1:24PM
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