Even a handsome garden structure, such as a gazebo, can look out of place without some landscaping around it. This formal garden plan solves that problem. Sheared boxwood frames a colorful bed of tulips, ferns, and hostas. When the tulips are spent, substitute begonia, torenia, or New Guinea impatiens in this part-shade bed. Or let the ferns and hostas take over. Either way, you’ll end up with a fitting stage for your treasured garden structure.
A) Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), Zones 5–8
B) Male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas), Zones 4–8
C) Hosta (Hosta spp.), Zones 3–9
D) Tulips (Tulipa spp.), Zones 4–8
E) Spiral topiary (hardiness depends on species)
F) Boxwood (Buxus spp.), Zones 6–9*
G) Climbing rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 5–8
H) Burgundy Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), Zones 5–8
*Substitute yew (Taxus spp.) in colder climates.