Join thousands of design-conscious readers for exclusive offers, gardening inspiration and innovative design solutions for enjoying outdoor spaces.
We will never sell or distribute your email to any other parties or organizations.
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried to dig in soil which has been covered with a thick layer of asphalt for at least 20 years. “Compacted” doesn’t begin to describe it. I rented a gas-powered post hole digger to make openings for the edging plants—190 yews and 320 boxwoods.
I purchased the upright yews first. To reduce their cost, I forfeited the warranty the garden center normally offers. Keep this in mind if you ever need to buy vast quantities of a single shrub, as it will often entitle you to a 10% discount.
Yews are extremely slow-growing evergreens, and thus even tiny, young plants (which I bought) can be very expensive.