What is a colorful, low-maintenance plant that would cover an awful big green electrical box in my yard?
I hope you have some ideas for how to hide an awful big green electrical box in the front corner of my yard. It faces south and gets full sun. I'm looking for plant recommendations that are low maintenance but with color too.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Before planting anything around the electrical box, check with the utility company about required clearances around the box. Remember that workers will occasionally have to access the box. Anything you choose to plant there should tolerate occasional abuse and trampling. Ornamental grasses are often a good choice to screen utility boxes. Miscanthus cultivars and fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) grow tall enough to disguise the boxes. As a bonus, they will screen the box in winter too. For a period in spring, right after you cut down the grass, you'll be able to see the utility box. But the grass will quickly grow up and hide it again. For color, combine the grasses with low-maintenance perennials, such as purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), or annuals that will hold up in the sun, such as salvia (Salvia) or narrowleaf zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia).

 

 

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Community Answers (3)

I built a wooden cedar "box" around mine with a gate on one end for the electic fellows,as it was put right where you come in the house! High enough so you can't see it walking by. Be sure the utility men can walk around it inside. They have said mine is fine but they won't suggest it to anyone if you ask. All they say is they have to be able to get to it. I put those cross slates for about a foot high on top for looks. Then I planted a climbing hardy rose and tied that up on it. I love it.
Submitted by kywolff496316

how about a row of tall evergreen trees, such as pole trees, 8 ft tall 2' wide or less.
Submitted by nancylouh