To add contrast to your garden, plant vibrant species in front of or around a boxwood. Choose low-growing plants with shallower roots to avoid obstructing the view and avoid dealing with separating root systems. Find bright, floral plants to improve the overall aesthetics. Here are seven plant ideas to consider.


Thyme is a great herb suggestion to plant in front of boxwoods, providing fragrance and purplish blooms for color. It can be eaten and used for cooking/medicinal purposes. Thyme can grow anywhere not too cold, including California, Florida, and Nevada.


Hosta is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants known for their attractive foliage, which comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are commonly grown as shade-loving ornamental plants in gardens and landscaping. 

Lady's Mantle

We have a unique flowering perennial, lady's mantle, that thrives in moderate sun or full shade, perfect for gardens with trees or larger plants. With almost greenish-grey foliage, it produces yellow flowers in late spring/early summer, and tolerates nearby plants as long as the soil has good drainage. 


Lilyturf, or Liriope muscari, is a perennial flowering plant native to China and Japan. It has grass-like leaves that form a dense mat of foliage up to 8 inches tall. The flowers are bell-shaped and borne in clusters on 6 inch long spikes.


Germmander grows best in dry soil and full sun. It should be planted at least 12 to 18 inches apart, with a space of about 24 inches between each row. Water Germmander once every two weeks during the summer months as it prefers drier soil. 


Rosemary is an herb popular in Mediterranean cuisine. It has a distinctive, slightly bitter flavor and can be used to enhance the taste of many dishes. Rosemary is also known for its therapeutic properties, with some studies showing that it can help reduce anxiety and improve cognitive performance. 

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