How often is it that you need a plant that offers some height, but the space to plant it in is narrow and limited? I can tell you it happens to me all the time. Most suburban residential landscapes are loaded with just that circumstance – you have relatively large homes located on too small pieces of property.
Above is a typical scenario where the front walk creates this narrow planting space between the walk and the building. And yet, by design, a taller plant on either side of this front entrance would make a dramatic statement. What’s a landscaper to do!
As in every instance of plant selection make sure you realize the true mature size of the plant. Don’t be fooled by the shape and size of the plant sitting at the garden center. If the staff is knowledgeable ask how large this plant will get, both in height and width. If you have any doubts as to the accuracy of that information, write down the name and look it up yourself.
In this instance I chose a Fastigiate Boxwood. There are several varieties and the name of this one escapes me, but as long as its classified fastigiate, it should stay narrow. It has been growing on this site for a few years now and is doing it’s job, i.e. staying narrow and looking beautiful.
Now don’t let the word “fastigiate” fool you. Yes it does imply a narrow variety of the plant, but you still must learn and appreciate its mature width. I have a fastigiate White Pine on a project that’s 14′ wide! (That was a learning experience.)
These Fastigiate Boxwood on this property are trimmed regularly. I knew this would be the case; informed the homeowner, got the OK and advised the maintenance contractor on the trimming. At least the fastigiate variety is helping with the cause.
Have you used any of the varieties of Fastigiate Boxwood? What other plants do you use in narrow spaces? Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share your comments below.