Small shrubs... looks like boxwood, but is quite thin/airy

San Diego, CA

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...?

Thank you ahead of the time!

Thumbnail by TaylorNobody
Rolesville, NC(Zone 7b)

We're going to need a close-up picture to be sure. It does look a lot like a Buxus.

San Diego, CA

Unfortunately, I randomly found the picture on the internet and can't seem to find a clearer/larger version. So any guesses from folks with more experience than me would be much appreciated.

Canonsburg, PA

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.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Doesn't look like boxwood to me. Foliage is much too large and coarse. More lily Euonymus japonicus.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

Looks like a Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) to me. It shows that hideous yellow edge on the leaves. They were probably poorly grown 1 gallon plants that were planted for the photo-shoot.

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