a crepe myrtle tree surrounded by shrub plantings
Photo: Mark Lohman
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4. Mix Plants for More Interest

Two or more kinds of plants can make sheared edging more varied and interesting. On this patio, cones of rosemary mark the corners of a small rectangle of boxwood that sits on top of a masonry square. This three-part arrangement makes an attractive base, almost like a planter, for a sculptural crepe myrtle tree. In colder climates, dwarf Alberta spruce could be used in place of the tender rosemary plants.
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