“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Going Green With More Boxwoods!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

Sorry for having been absent from The Collected Room for a bit! It is a very busy time at Chestnut Cottage, especially in the garden! This past week, we installed a new boxwood hedge at our upper “car park”.

When I first started the garden at Chestnut Cottage, I installed some lovely Schipka laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus Schipkaensis) to make a hedge around the car park. I loved the dark green leaves and the fact that they were evergreens. After a few years the hedge started to get “shothole” disease, which is a common bacterial disease of this plant. Each year the disease became worse, in spite of continued efforts to “cure” this very unsightly disease!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

Finally the individual trees in the hedge began to completely die!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

After much investigation on a different type of hedge…yew, boxwood, hornbeam, we decided on my favorite….BOXWOOD! The only downside to this selection, was finding tall plants. We were so spoiled to how tall the laurels had become. Determining we could only find 6-7 foot boxwoods was rather  depressing for me. I do love instant gratification, but gardening has long been my major lesson in patience. So after much consideration, we set about securing the boxwoods. Lucky for us, a grower in Burnsville, NC, which is only an hour or so from Chestnut Cottage , had some lovely 6 foot plus Millstone Towers. This is an American boxwood variety, which were about 3-4 foot wide, which helps with my “instant gratification” issue.

If only they will grow quickly!! So last week, out came the laurels…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

And in came the new boxwood!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

But we are still about two plants short of what we need! So hopefully our grower can find two more this size in his field!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

We also replaced two  pyramidal laurels coming into the garden with two beautiful round boxwoods.  I will under plant these with some interesting textured plants!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

So now my lesson in patience continues as I wait for these lovely plants to fill out so we can “box” them up into a wonderful hedge.

But for now, the rhododendrons are blooming…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

Along with my miniature lilacs…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

And lupins…which I love…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

And lots of other plants are quickly filling up the garden!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

There’s always so much to do in the spring garden and this week it is time to plant all of the window boxes and planters!

Stay tuned for another VERY important arrival to Chestnut Cottage this week…he is white, will likely love the garden, and his name is DUNCAN MACDUFF GREELEY!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents boxwoods at chestnut cottage in the garden

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11 Responses to “In the Garden with Kathryn”: Going Green With More Boxwoods!

  1. Home Staging says:

    I really enjoyed the pictures of your garden. Have you ever thought about staging a home? I feel like the way you make things look superb would make you an excellent fit for that type of job.

  2. Luke says:

    Your hostas are quite impressive Kathryn! Those boxwoods should fill in nicely in a few years. We can’t wait to meet your new furry friend and see your planter boxes filled!

  3. franki says:

    Welcome Duncan!!! Your boxwoods are lovely!! We, too, just planted 16 boxwoods (several varieties) and I just love them!! So glad you said the rhodies are blooming as we’re off to Asheville/Biltmore to see “rhodies” and “DA costumes!!” franki

  4. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Great, have fun at Biltmore!

  5. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Duncan gets his first grooming tomorrow, so stay tuned for his post!

  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I don’t stage, but only because there is so little time after everything else gets done! Thanks for your kind words.

  7. franki says:

    Just saw your book “Collected Tabletop” on prominent display at the Biltmore Gift Shop. I told the clerk she should try the “Caramel Cake” and she said, “sounds delish and so fun to know someone that has the book and tried the recipes…” 🙂 The Downton Abbey displays were just fabulous!! fmp

  8. cindy weis says:

    Kathryn, the garden hedges are just beautiful, boxwood is 1 of my favorite, and your garden is so lovely, and I enjoy every picture you post! I am so excited to see pictures of Duncan, I know he will be one spoiled lucky pup. Post pictures soon.

  9. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Cindi, glad you enjoy!

  10. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I loved the Downton Abbey clothes, glad you enjoyed them. Enjoy Asheville! How long are you in Asheville Franki?

  11. franki says:

    We’re back at “Fairwinds”…it was absolutely a perfect two days. What a treat to get a glimpse through Lord Julian Fellowes imaginative looking glass. *sigh* fmp

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