Give Your Garden Elegant Style with These 15 Boxwood Landscaping Ideas

Bonus: They require less maintenance than you think.

mcalpine boxwood garden
Simon Upton

Nothing freshens up the facade of a house like emerald-green shrubbery. Thanks to their versatility, boxwoods are a perennial favorite among traditionalists and modernists alike. Long associated with French gardens with clipped hedges demarcating shapely parterres, the small-leafed bush is an obvious choice for adding formality to any house facade. Yet its sculptural nature also lends itself quite nicely to minimalist settings.

Beyond just their style, boxwoods serve many functions in landscaping, from framing an entry and edging a walkway border to surrounding an outdoor fountain to marking off a shady flower bed. And, they require less maintenance than you might think: although they require watering and mulching, boxwoods do require regular tending, unless you opt for a super-sheared look.

Whether you're craving something formal or a little more low maintenance, let these beautiful boxwood landscape ideas inspire your next weekend project. Happy planting!

eubanks memphis home exterior
Melanie Acevedo
Lush Labyrinth

In front of his Memphis cottage, designer and antiques dealer William Eubanks added more than a quarter acre of formally planted "rooms," including the labyrinth-style garden, which features American boxwood.

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hoerr schaudt boxwood globes gravel courtyard
Scott Shigley
Manicured Minimalism

At this Montecito, California, home, landscaper Steve Gierke of Hoerr Schaudt replaced a paved passageway with this gravel entry courtyard planted sparsely with olive trees and boxwood globes that offer drought-tolerant shade and cool color.

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hoerr schaudt red maple canopy
Scott Shigley
Geometric Grandeur

Manicured boxwood hedges and cones form graphic parterres that anchor columnar red maple trees in this Chicago garden designed by landscape designer Doug Hoerr of Hoerr Schaudt.

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gidiere front exterior potted boxwoods
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Simple Sophistication

Framing the steps and entrance of designer Caroline Gidiere's Georgian-style home in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a series of potted and planted boxwood globes add easy (and evergreen) elegance.

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hydrangea and boxwood hedge hollander design
Charles Mayer
Pool Privacy Hedge

Around the rimless pool at this Long Island, New York, home, landscape designer Edmund Hollander planted a boxwood hedge that creates an elegant green screen between lush Annabelle hydrangeas and soaring crepe myrtles.

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schafer outdoor fountain
Eric Piasecki/OTTO
Fountain Foundation

In the formal garden behind this South Georgia hunting retreat, architect Gil Schafer installed linear boxwood hedges to create an evergreen layer lining marble fountain coping and aged brick paths.

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montecito garden fountain hoerr schaudt
Scott Shigley
Sculpted Hedge

A round pebble mosaic at this Montecito, California, home is softened by a shapely hedge of boxwood, iceberg roses, and cypress trees.

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gianetti front garden connecticut
Lisa Romerein
Sea of Evergreen

In front of this Connecticut farmhouse, loosely shaped boxwood globes add soft formality to the hillside garden designed by landscape architect Deborah Nevins & Associates.

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houston boxwood crepe myrtle garden
Courtesy of Margaret Naeve
Courtyard Edging

Outside this Houston home, garden designer Herbert Pickworth simplified the plantings to show off the crepe myrtles. After clearing a web of overgrown vegetation, he installed a clean hedge of clipped boxwood and a gravel courtyard and path.

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mcalpine boxwood garden
Simon Upton
Potted Perfection

Under the canopy of a soaring old tree at his Atlanta home, architect Bobby McAlpine lushed up his gravel courtyard with groupings of potted boxwoods and topiaries in varying sizes. The lounge chairs are Sutherland; the table is from McAlpine’s collection with Elegant Earth. The garden was designed by Mike Kaiser of Kaiser Trabue.

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oprah winfrey rose garden
Victoria Pearson
Oversize Globes

At Oprah Winfrey's Montecito, California, garden designed by Dan Bifano, tightly clipped boxwoods and myrtle topiaries add formal structure to the lush rose-cutting gardens.

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malone front exterior atlanta
Annie Schlechter
Tailored Facade

A parade of boxwood globes lends lush contrast to the facade of this Atlanta home, designed by architect D. Stanley Dixon with interiors by Carolyn Malone.

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molyneux chateau garden
ALEXANDRE BAILHACHE
Defining Color

Large boxwood globes potted in oversize terra-cotta pots and a low boxwood hedge line the pathways of the formal gardens of design icon Juan Pablo Molyneux’s retreat in the Aube region of France.

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whealon connecticut garden
William Waldron
Bed Borders

At this Connecticut home, an English-style cutting garden designed by Wilber & King Nurseries features raised beds with small boxwood globes marking the corners.

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kincaid boxwood garden houston
James Merrell
Verdant Parterres

The front garden of this 1930s Spanish Colonial home in Dallas features boxwood parterres in a dizzying display of emerald texture. The home's interiors were designed by Cathy Kincaid.

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