Formal Boxwood Parterre Garden ...Need Help
We planted over 300 Boxwoods about 3 years ago. Many of them are around the perimeter of our front yeard and then we have a formal Parterre garden that is 6 feet wide by 62 feet long between our driveway and the neighbors front yard. I designed it and I really love the design...it has five Snow Crab trees in the centers and curley cues...everything is very symetrical. I drew it on landscape fabric in the basement and then transferred the design..a huge amount of work!
So I have a couple of issues/problems:
* I have not cut the Boxwoods yet and I am wondering how much I can safely cut off? and what is fertilizer for Boxwoods? We have hideous clay soil although we did amend the soil with a lot of peat and top soil when we planted.
* I am desperately trying to find cream colored pea gravel to use in the area where the parterre is to mimic the French and Italian formal garden look. Right now we have bark there and it washes away every time we get a good rain. I have called so many stone yards, they tell me they have it and I go look at it and it's red or pink! When it's dusty it all looks "tan" but I have learned to carry a spray bottle. Is there any state close to Colorado that has cream pea gravel??? My husband is threatening to just put any old stone in there because he is tired of replacing the bark but that would totally ruin the look I'm going for.