No More Boring Box Balls

Making ornamental shrub displays more interesting, and in tune with the garden style.

Was actually glad the Boxes died, they didn’t look right there at all.


Lots to be added to the bark chipped bed.


More Mediterranean style in this Sydenham front garden.


New Santolina, Pittosporum and Ilex meservea hedging display.


New mixed hedging shrubs plus Phormium and Pieris in pots.

I am on a one woman campaign to banish moth-eaten and blighted buxus balls and hedging from my clients’ gardens. I finally won over my Sydenham client by suggesting interesting foliage alternatives – with Santolina, Pittosporum Golf Ball and Ilex Meservea Little Rascal providing contrasting colours, shapes and textures.

The new hedge now looks much more in keeping with the Mediterranean container front garden.

I removed the mostly dead formal box border in the back, which never really matched the natural trailing shapes of the olive and rosemary. I am planning more informal Mediterranean planting in the new bark mulch, plus granite rockery stones to break up the flat, rectangular surface.

Have tools, will travel!