Old Boxwood Inspiration

I am so uninspired today, I am forcing myself to cast about for things that might get my creative juices going…..when I remembered that I visited one of my favorite nurseries a week or so ago and saw these. They literally made me gasp.

old boxwoods

Jim at Select Horticulture where I saw these told me that these were planted in 1950, so they are about 60 years old. You may not be able to tell but these are 8+ ft tall and about 6 ft wide. Not for the fainthearted, these are quite expensive, I would love to see the lush green garden that they eventually make their way into.

A visit to Select Horticulture always excites me, do you have anything you do when you are in need of a jolt of inspiration?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. islandgardener on June 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Wow — I have never, ever seen boxwoods this huge. Impressive! And, I might be one of the few people who love, love the smell. I don’t think they smell like cat pee!

  2. louise garwood on June 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome stature- I wonder how they winter them over? I lost two 6′ iIex crenata on a project that were set in stone planters for the year…didnt like the freeze thaw of late winter i guess.
    We have gotten some dandy dogwoods of good size( 12′-31/2-4″cal.) from Jim in the past.
    Nice stuff.
    For inspiration I love to troll the Mt. Auburn Cemetary, or an arboretum with 80+ yr old trees, several in amherst on UMASS campus in the Durfee Gardens- an unbelievably huge Gingko!- truly a thing of beauty- in winter i snuggle up to the palms and orchids at greenhouses on Mt Holyoke and Smith campus. My comrades!

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