Two pictures of my front garden today. The first one is the one I'm most pleased about. Shooting a picture of your garden via a mirror gives you a very different perspective of your garden.
The next picture is of that same part of my front garden but now shot in the normal way. There are 2 beds with flowers on this side of the front garden and they are edged with box.
The first bed is planted with tulipa Queen of Night, a bit difficult to see in this picture as they are almost black. ( If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you will be able to spot the black tulips.) The second bed is filled with tulipa Spring Green which are a firm favorite of mine. They are white with green stripes, very nice and Spring-y.
In the middle of each bed are pillars that are smothered with roses in summertime. Well, that's what I hope/aim for anyway.
The whole front garden has been edged with berberis (thunbergii atropurpurea) to keep the neighbourhood dogs from using my garden as their bathroom. A berberis hedge is very prickly and so far, it has worked a treat in keeping the doggies out.
And on another level the berberis is working out fine too; it's purple leaves contrast very nicely with the green box and together they look good for most of the year.
Plant box for edging; do not heed the glum
Advice of those unthinking orthodox
Gardeners who condemn the tidy box
As haven for the slug, through winter numb.
Vita Sackville-West, The Garden