Country garden ideas and designs are often characterized by garden rooms enclosed with hedges. Rural homes and large estates on acreage traditionally utilize a wide variety of hedges — from creating soft, natural barriers between each distinct part of these larger properties to using well-chosen shrubs themselves as part of a productive garden.

Green Mountain Boxwood is often used to design country gardens landscaping to provide a classic look and in gardens of larger rural homes larger hedges are used to enclose vegetable, herb, or floral gardens. Through the thoughtful use of evergreen and deciduous hedge types, traditional country style garden ideas tend to be appealingly practical. The uses of herbal and vegetable gardens through country garden ideas are seen to benefit from using hedges to create the signature densely-planted, foliage-based barriers between garden sections.

Country Garden Ideas

One of the more endearing components of country gardens ideas and estate garden ideas is the use of traditional knot gardens — the careful blending of culinary and aromatic herbs combined within a formalized geometric hedge design in a country garden cottage. Low boxwood hedges are typically used for the surrounding hedges because this hedge is easy to prune to the desired height and shape. For country garden ideas many different hedge types can be used to fill different needs in country gardens.


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    This whimsical cottage garden stays tidy-looking by using boxwood hedges to add structure.

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    Large, sloping properties benefit from using hedges to add stabilize the soil as well as adding structure and beauty to the landscape

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    Historic homes and country settings can use low boxwood hedges to line paths and highlight courtyards and patios.

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    This cottage garden is quiet and private thanks to the tall beech privacy hedge.

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    Boxwood and beech hedges are used in this cottage garden to create an inviting entryway between the front and back yards

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    A secret garden gate is revealed between the beech hedges for a sense of fun and intrigue.

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    This cottage garden juxtaposes the wild, climing rose and untamed grasses against the carefully clipped boxwood hedges for a beautiful effect.

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    Garden rooms are an effective way to give a garden dimension and usefulness. Create separation with a beech hedge.

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    A thoughtful border provides some privacy to this outdoor living space at a cottage in The Netherlands.

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    With InstantHedges, outdoor living areas can have instant privacy without having to wait for individual plants to form a hedgerow.

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    European beech (Fagus sylvatica) trimmed to varying heights creates an intentional screen for this country garden courtyard.

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    A boxwood (Buxus) hedge can be kept narrow to create a partition between various plant groups in a multi-layered cottage garden.

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    This outdoor space is framed thoughtfully with well-maintained yew (Taxus) hedges.

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    With sophisitcated hedges, even a garage/storage building like shown here can be made less noticeable in a commercial landscape application.

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    Footpaths are neatly bordered in a knot garden style with boxwood (Buxus) hedges in this country garden.

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    Older hedges like this European beech (Fagus sylvatica) can be trained to form an arch or gable.

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    After several years of careful training, this European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge has been kept low but another portion has been encouraged to grow into an arch.

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    Different sections of this country cottage garden have been distinctively marked by layers of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedge.

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    Mature hedges can form very effective outdoor walls like those nearly 8 feet tall pictured here!

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    This elegant yew (Taxus) hedge not only provides an effective screen but also creates an elegant backdrop for an outdoor living area.

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    This elegant yew (Taxus) hedge not only provides an effective screen but also creates an elegant backdrop for an outdoor living area.

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    Separate areas of the garden can be separated into rooms with a living "wall" like this yew (Taxus) hedge.

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    Both a taller European beech (Fagus sylvatica) and a shorter yew (Taxus) hedge help to border this outdoor room.

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    A low boxwood (Buxus) hedge as well as a taller yew (Taxus) hedge can be used in conjunction with one another to create an outdoor courtyard.

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    Older hedges like this European beech (Fagus sylvatica) can be trained to form an arch or gable.

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    Hedges can be used in combination with gates to make a private area in a favorite part of the garden.

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    Walkways around this pond are bordered symmetrically with boxwood (Buxus) hedges.

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    Walkways around this pond are bordered symmetrically with boxwood (Buxus) hedges.

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    Boxwood (Buxus) hedges are the ideal type of hedge for framing walkways and defining paths.

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    Artistic symmetry can be implemented in a formal garden with the use of uniformly-grown boxwood (Buxus) InstantHedges.

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    European beech (Fagus sylvatica) creates a boundary between this cottage garden and an open field.

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    Flowering plants are readily contained within beds by using a low boxwood (Buxus) hedge as a border in a country garden such as this.

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    Various parts of the garden can be clearly defined with carefully-placed boxwood (Buxus) InstantHedges.

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    Various parts of the garden can be clearly defined with a tall leafy hedge of beech (Fagus) or hornbeam (Carpinus) like shown here.

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    Hornbeam hedge form a wonderful backdrop behind colorful flowers and other plants.

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    Hornbeam privacy hedges help create peaceful garden spaces to rest and think.

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    Stunning, colorful plants look best when set against a verdent background like the leafy, dark green hedge shown here.

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    Deer and other unwanted visitors can be deterred from entering an herb/vegetable garden by creating a barrier around the beds.

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    Boxwood (Buxus) hedges used along with brick creates a splendid contrast between texture and color that is quite complementary.

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    A garden nook such as this feels much more cozy with living hedges of yew (Taxus) in the foreground and beech (Fagus) in the background rather than cold, impersonal fences.

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    Artistic symmetry can be implemented in an elegant country garden with the use of uniformly-grown boxwood (Buxus) InstantHedges with a taller European beech (Fagus) hedge behind.

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    Even after many years, a well-maintained yew (Taxus) hedge like the one pictured here at a European estate forms a dense hedge to the desired height.

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    Knot gardens almost always showcase boxwood (Buxus) which looks very nice when interplanted with perennials and other flowering plants.

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    A sophisticated knot garden like this can be achieved instantly with boxwood (Buxus) hedges as well as European beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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    A sophisticated knot garden like this can be achieved instantly with boxwood (Buxus) hedges as well as European beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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    Even in winter, European beech (Fagus sylvatica) holds its copper leaves to provide an attractive hedge year-round.

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    Late into autumn, the leaves remain on European beech (Fagus sylvatica) for superior privacy in all seasons.

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    An elegant country garden with a water feature bordered by boxwood (Buxus) hedges and the greater part of the garden framed with taller yew (Taxus) hedges.

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    This private courtyard shows two different types of hedges, the evergreen yew (Taxus) hedges and the uniquely copper-colored European beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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    This seating area is thoughtfully enclosed by a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) InstantHedge.

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    Both boxwood (Buxus) and yew (Taxus) hedges can be used to create a type of park in this country garden.

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    A country or cottage garden such as this feels a bit more cozy when framed by a leafy hedge like this European beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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    Country charm isn't hard to come by when using hedges to dress up a parking area or courtyard.

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    Colorful fruits contrast nicely with flowering plants in front of this firethorn (Pyracantha) hedge.

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    The flowers in this bed look even more stunning when set against the dark green background of an arborvitae (Thuja) hedge.

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    Create an impressive entry by lining walkways with boxwood hedges.

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    Hostas, delphiniums, and other perennials are lovely in the summer, but planting boxwood around them ensures year-round interest

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    In any type of landscape such as this villa, a boxwood (Buxus) hedge makes a nice complement to other plants like the roses pictured here.

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