Hey all. This image confuses me, and I am new to plant life :)
The small shrubs in front look like a boxwood of some sort (Buxus sinica var. insularis?), but is either freshly planted or has been selectively pruned? I'd really like to mimic a similar look but want to be sure what it is.
And I know the photo is not that great, but any clue on the columnar flowers behind the shrubs: Snapdragons, Lupines, Physostegia, Delphinium...?
Not sure about what's in back, but the shrubs up front look like boxwood to me. If they get cut or crushed close to the main stem, they will show much thinner cover for a long time, which may be the case here. If you want to plant your own boxwood, take a leaf from your choice plant and bend it in half lengthwise. It should snap right down the main vein if it's a true boxwood.