Green velvet boxwoods are a source of beautiful, bright green color year-round. They make excellent hedges and borders in any garden. They are made even more lovely when paired with the right companion plant.
The green velvet boxwood pairs well with many plants, especially shrubs with bright flowers. Perfect options include Russian sage, French lavender, tree roses, hydrangea, juniper, dwarf Alberta spruce, Juliet™ cleyera, sunshine ligustrum, purple daydream, Gerbera daisy, daylily, and agapanthus.
I will discuss each option in detail in this article, explaining their qualities and characteristics. Read on for everything you need to know about green velvet boxwood companion plants.
1. Russian Sage
Russian sage is a late bloomer, offering flowers at the end of summer. Its buds are tiny and purplish-blue. Because it resembles lavender, it is often used in areas too cold to grow the plant. It can be a divider hedge but blends well with vibrant green foliage plants, such as the green velvet boxwood (source).
As a perennial, the Russian sage makes a great addition to a garden with green velvet boxwood. It is an excellent filler plant and fits well along a walkway where visitors can enjoy its fragrant scent (source).
2. French Lavender
Another foliage accent plant that pairs well with the green velvet boxwood is French lavender. This plant grows in a shrub formation with bluish-purple flowers that bloom from spring to summer. It is known for being a more delicate variety of lavender.
The flowers are highly aromatic, making this a popular choice for many gardens. The plants are drought-resistant, allowing for easier care (source).
3. Tree Rose
Tree roses are created by grafting a rose to a long stem. The resulting plant may grow up to three feet (0.91 m) tall, adding interest to your garden (source). They are not hardy in the winter, so if you live in a cold environment, you will have to take care to protect them from dropping temperatures (source).
Also known as standard roses, these plants work well in a formal setup, which is why they pair so well with green velvet boxwoods. Working as a border, they add immediate color and beauty to your garden (source).
Hydrangeas can make an exciting addition to your garden. In addition to adding a splash of color to your border, they can also tell you the acidity of your soil. While they bloom in white, pink, blue, and purple shades, the color indicates the pH level. Blue means acidic, while pink indicates alkaline. Anything in between, and you’ll get purple (source).
Low-maintenance, hydrangeas offer blooms from May through the fall. Their bright color pairs well with the beautiful foliage of the boxwood, making them an ideal pair for any garden border (source).
5. Juniper Trees
There are wide varieties of junipers that can be used in many ways in landscaping. Lower-growing species can be used for ground cover, while taller varieties make excellent hedges.
Depending on which juniper species you select, they can grow anywhere from four inches (10.16 in) to fifty feet (15.24 m) tall (source).
Juniper leaves are typically needle-like but can also be scale-like. They may be sticky when handled (source). The common juniper has a reach extending farther than any other woody plant in the world, covering more geographic locations across the planet, including most of the United States (source).
6. Dwarf Alberta Spruce
A very slow-growing plant, the dwarf Alberta spruce will reach its maximum height of 10 to 12 feet (3.05-3.66 m) after 25 to 30 years.
With its unique growth pattern of a pyramid, it adds interesting character to any garden. It is also extremely hardy, making it easy to maintain (source).
7. Juliet™ Cleyera
The Juliet™ cleyera offers colorful attractions throughout all the seasons because of its beautiful variegation. This evergreen plant features green and white foliage, so you will always have a bright spot, even in the darkest days of winter.
The plant will grow to eight feet (2.44 m) tall and five feet (1.5 m) wide. To make an excellent hedge combination, it pairs well with other screening plants, such as the velvet green boxwood. The Juliet™ cleyera also requires easy care with low maintenance (source).
8. Sunshine Ligustrum
Consider planting sunshine ligustrum for a bright splash of color next to your green velvet boxwoods. This colorful golden-yellow plant will bring out the cheer in any garden.
Left to grow on its own, it will reach six feet (1.83 m) tall and four feet (1.22 m) wide but can be pruned to stay at the size you need it to be (source).
While this plant is a privet plant, it does not cause the stress associated with most plants in this category. It does not flower, is not invasive, and has no strong odor, making it the ideal companion for your boxwoods (source).
9. Purple Daydream Loropetalum
The purple daydream is a dwarf cultivar of the loropetalum. Its name refers to its purple foliage, not its pink flowers. It grows up to three feet (0.91 m) tall and four feet (1.22 m) wide.
The loropetalum is part of the witch hazel family and is a native of Japan but has become well-adapted to other areas of the world. The bright color will make a nice dichotomy with the green of the boxwoods (source).
10. Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera daisies can be used to create a sea of color against the backdrop of your velvet green boxwoods. They come in many colors, including salmon, lavender, yellow, pink, and white.
They flower from late spring through fall. While they are typically annual plants, there are some places where they are perennials (source).
You can extend your flowering season with a combination of daylilies that flower early and late. They also come in various colors and shapes to add more character to your garden.
These flowers are also relatively easy to maintain due to their high level of pest resistance (source).
The Agapanthus is commonly known as the Lily of the Nile but has no real relation to the Nile River. Depending on the species you select, the plant may be evergreen or deciduous, and the flowers are bell-shaped with six leaves each.
The plant may have flowers in various colors, including blue, purple-blue, and white. The blooming season is typically in the summer. However, if they are in a climate with no frost, they can bloom much longer (source).
You can purchase Green Velvet Boxwoods online and have them delivered right to your front door (link to Nature Hills Nursery).