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How to combine boxwood in the garden & on the terrace – Beautiful plant ideas

One of the most popular plants for the garden is the pretty buxus tree. This is not only due to its beautiful appearance. It also offers ample opportunities for use. On the one hand, it is suitable as a hedge plant, which can grow up to 5 to 6 meters high, but can also be kept smaller. The perfect privacy screen, then, but also perfect for bed edging! But that is by no means all. Since the plant is just wonderful for topiary, it also makes a great specimen plant in the garden – and of course in a container on the patio or balcony. And although it is very attractive on its own, people often like to complement its green foliage with other flowers and plants. But what can you combine the boxwood with?

What are suitable plants for boxwood, truly interests many amateur gardeners . And because we know that and want to help you make the right choice, we give you a few tips, ideas and examples of how to combine the boxwood.

Combining boxwood – what plants go well with boxwood?

Combine low hedge of boxwood with catmint and hydrangeas

In principle, you have a wide selection at your disposal and here you can choose between shrubs, perennials, ground covers and various woody plants. For example, the lush and remarkable flowers of the rose will look particularly good amid the green boxwood foliage. But, of course, other flowering plants are also well suited, as well as those with colorful foliage. The important thing is to make sure when choosing that all plants have the same location and care requirements. After all, you are sharing the same area. For the partners of the boxwood, this means that you prefer a sunny to partial shade location with humus, fresh and calcareous soil.

Combine boxwood with perennials

Combine boxwood with perennials with purple flowers for color accents

Whether added to boxwood specimen plants or in front of a hedge, perennials always do well as combination partners. The above-ground plant parts of perennials always die in winter, whereupon the roots sprout again in spring. So, to avoid a bare garden during the winter period, boxwood is best suited for green areas even in winter – precisely because boxwood is evergreen. For example, which perennial species are suitable?

Shrubs with red leaves as a contrast to the green of boxwoods

  • Flowering sage (Salvia nemorosa)
  • Speedwell (Veronica longifolia)
  • Fig-leaved hollyhock (Alcea ficifolia)
  • Large-flowered cocklebur (Gaillardia x grandiflora)
  • Large-flowered girl’s eye (Coreopsis grandiflora)
  • Tall flame flower (Phlox paniculata)
  • Cushion aster (Aster dumosus)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus)
  • Delphinium (Delphinium)
  • Red-flowered spurge (Centranthus ruber)
  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
  • Cranesbill (Geranium)
  • Sunflower (Helenium x cultorum)
  • Echinacea (Rudbeckia)

Combining grasses and boxwood

Combine boxwood with delicate ornamental grasses in front of a wall in the garden on a slope


While boxwood impresses with its strong green and small leaves that grow densely, grasses create a completely different special look. Their vertical growth, fine blades of grass and usually paler or contrasting shades look especially beautiful in front of the boxwood, creating an interesting texture with their lightness. But grasses also look very attractive as a focal point when framed by a low hedge. So both plants complement each other perfectly. If you want to combine boxwood and grasses, you can choose both those whose upper parts of the plant die back and sprout again in winter, as with perennials, and those that are evergreen and decorate your garden all year round. You could combine boxwood with the following ornamental grasses, as they also prefer the sunny location:

Modern garden design with undemanding plants and grasses

  • Blue fescue (Festuca cinerea)
  • blue oats (Helictotrichon sempervirens)
  • Chinese reed (Miscanthus)
  • Feather grass (Stipa pennata)
  • Fox sedge (Carex buchananii)
  • Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica)
  • Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
  • Pipe grass (Molinia caerulea)
  • Giant chinese reed/elephant grass (Miscanthus x giganteus)
  • Cattail grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
  • Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
  • Fescue (Festuca)
  • Silver crested wheatgrass (Sesleria nitida)
  • Beach rye (Leymus arenarius)
  • Ornamental millet (Panicum virgatum)

Great boxwood companion plants – the rose

Combine boxwood in raised bed with pink roses and stone wall


The queen of all garden plants must of course not be missing from our list of suitable combination partners for the buxus tree. Thanks to the many different varieties, you can not only choose between different sizes, but also from a variety of flower shapes and colors.

Idea for an arrangement in a flowerbed with yellow roses

For example, if you have a taller box hedge, several rose bushes in the form of a bed will look very nice as a foreground. This is especially true if you choose varieties that bloom for a long time and produce flowers over and over again. Bedding and shrub roses usually have these qualities, but also some noble roses. If you want to break the exact topiary of the boxwood a little, you can choose wild roses to add a touch of naturalness to the arrangement. Wild roses can complement the hedge. So if you ask yourself “what to plant next to boxwood?”, wild roses will give you a possible answer.

  • all bedding roses
  • all shrub roses
  • Noble rose
  • Wild rose for a combined hedge

Which ground cover goes well with boxwood?

Purple peonies and low ground cover with white flowers as bed edging

While perennials and shrubs are best shown off in front of taller box hedges or tall box solitaires, since these also grow relatively tall, a box bed border can be combined with low-growing ground covers, for example. Again, of course, you need to choose the right plants with which to combine the boxwood. Such are, for example:

Combine boxwood with small trees and ground covers

  • African ringwort (Anacyclus depressus)
  • Mountain sandwort (Arenaria montana)
  • Speedwell (Veronica)
  • Garden silverroot (Dryas x suendermannii)
  • Catmint (Nepeta racemosa)
  • Caucasian cranesbill (Geranium renardii)
  • Kiss carnations (Dianthus cultivars)
  • Ice plant (Delosperma cooperi)
  • Sand thyme (Thymus serpyllum)
  • Pungent wall pepper (Sedum acre)
  • Snowflake flower (Chaenostoma cordatum)
  • Prickly-nettle (Aceanea microphylla)
  • Steppe sage (Salvia nemorosa)
  • Steppe spurge (Euphorbia seguieriana)
  • Carpet phlox (Phlox subulata)
  • Woolly zest (Stachys byzantina)

Boxwood in the tub decorate with other plants

Arrangement for the flower box with buxus and summer flowers

You can combine boxwood with other plants not only in the garden bed. Some people grow boxwood in large containers and use them to decorate terraces, entrances or even balconies. In the container, there is often a free space between the woody plant itself and the edge of the container, which can be disturbing. Therefore, some like to fill it with suitable plants. But what goes well with boxwood in the tub?

Suggestion for modern terrace - box and white petunias in a tub

In principle, you can combine boxwood with all plants that are suitable for planters and also have the same needs as the boxwood. The advantage is that the additional plants provide shade to the soil in the container and in this way moisture can be retained longer. So the soil in the tubs does not dry out quite as quickly as it would without additional plants.

Boxwood as a pot plant with white and pink flowers

For example, snowflake flower is a popular ground cover, which you can also combine with boxwood in the tub. In this article you will find such an example, as well as other ideas for combining the snowflake flower. Alternatively, you can leave the boxwood alone in the container and instead place it in a group with other separate plants.

With ivy and begonias

Combining boxwood in a tub with begonias and ivy

What goes well with boxwood – ideas for combinations.

Combine boxwood in a tub with stonecrop in white

Boxwoods and thuja as hedge plants

Boxwood with thuja and green plants around terrace and garden paths

Modern green bed

Beautiful bed for a modern house with low perennials and stones

Boxwood balls and alliums

Combine spherical boxwood with alliums for a bed of spheres

Purple and white plants to boxwood in a round bed

Combine boxwood in a round bed with white and purple flowers

Combining green and pink

Spice up low hedge plants with splashes of color - pink ground covers

Boxwood with lavender as a color contrast

Combine boxwood with lavender in the French garden for a touch of Mediterranean atmosphere

Boxwood in a tub with white flowering companion plants

Cut boxwoods as small trees and care for them with companion plants in tubs

Traditional garden with bed border of boxwood and colorful meadow flowers

Boxwood combine in traditional garden with colorful meadow flowers and perennials

Normal and raised beds with boxwood and white flowers

Raised beds and gravel paths with white blooming flowers and boxwoods

What goes with boxwood – climbing rose on an arch as a climbing aid

Combine boxwood hedge with arch as a climbing aid for roses

White roses

Formal garden with green and white flowering plants

Boxwood, catmint and peonies

Colorful flower bed with catmint and peonies and boxwood as a ball

Green and white arrangement in the garden

Neutral combination with white cranesbill as path planting

White hydrangeas in the background

Hydrangeas and hedges for a garden arrangement in green and white

Green hedge and pink ground cover

Boxwood ball in different sizes with pansies and daffodils

Boxwood ball with daffodils and blue pansies

Boxwoods with high and low ground covers

Combine boxwood with light green bushes and low flowers in pink