Boxwood claimed its place in the American landscape countless years. The English brought it over to the colony of Virginia back in the 1700s, so it’s had lots of time to claim primo placement at landmarks like Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, the University of Virginia grounds as well as the White House.
This stately (estate-ly) plant forms elegant evergreen hedges that outline and give structure to beautiful gardens and bigger landscapes all over the area. Its leaves on one side are glossy and glossy year-round, more textured and lighter on the underside. Boxwood takes on shapes that are beautiful, while it’s part of a manicured composition or permitted to go wild as it ages. This plant will require some patience owing to the slow development, but the rewards are worth the wait.
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Botanical name: Buxus sempervirens
Common name: Boxwood
USDA zones: 5 to 9 (find your zone)
Water necessity: This plant is quite drought tolerant.
Light demand: Partial shade to full sunlight
Mature size: Technically, boxwood can reach approximately 10 feet high and 10 feet wide, but it’s a really slow-growing plant.
Advantages and tolerances: Boxwood is somewhat drought tolerant and shouldn’t be left sitting in standing water due to the short roots. If you are in a hot climate, try to give it partial shade; if you are closer to the northern zone limits, then give it full sunlight.
Seasonal interest: This really is an evergreen plant which has very glossy deep green leaves year-round.
When to plant: Ideally in the fall, however, you can plant it in mid to late spring, after the last frost.
Photo: Buxus Sempervirens ‘Green Mountain’
Distinguishing attributes. Boxwood is evergreen and has small glossy green leaves year-round. The leaves are dark at the top and lighter on the undersides. Additionally, it takes to forming quite well, therefore it’s an excellent option for hedges.
Boxwood has long become the number-one pick for formal hedges. Because it’s evergreen, it can give your garden a lush structure yearlong. Additionally, it takes to forming quite well, if you would like to form a rectangular hedge, conical shrubs, rounded chunks or a Bart Simpson–shaped topiary.
Photo: Malus sargentii ‘Tina’ (Flowering Crabapple)
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Boxwood grows gradually, so you’ll need to be patient; it won’t shoot up to its possible 10 to 12 feet for decades and decades. This is exactly what boxwood plants seem to be at first.
Whilst boxwood would be well worth the wait, if you are impatient, Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata), that has a similar look to boxwood however is considerably faster growing, might be for you. It will need more pruning than boxwood as it matures, and while it’s a beautiful plant, it’s not quite as elegant as boxwood.
Things to plant with it. If you’ve shaped your boxwood hedge to have a crisp, manicured border, you might want some milder forms adjacent to it for contrast, like mounds of mondo grass. In case the boxwood marks a line between lawn and woodland, it’s a great comparison to woodland shrubs with organic undulating silhouettes like rhododendrons.
If you’re framing ornamental trees, dogwoods and redbuds look wonderful with boxwood. Additional evergreens make a wonderfully rich, year-round texture palette with boxwood.
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make sure that your soil is loose and drains well.Space the crops 3 to 5 feet apart.Dig a pit that is as deep as the root ball height.Loosen the root ball and place it in the pit. Cover it with approximately 2 inches of dirt. Mulch to keep in moisture, but don’t let the mulch touch the back of the shrub.These plants have very shallow roots, so be certain you water moderately. Don’t allow them to soak in standing water.There are lots of varieties and hybrids of the Buxus sempervirens species; this one is an American selection, subtly looser in shape and with slightly bigger leaves.
If you are using boxwood to boundary a knot garden or a kitchen garden, it is going to provide a green frame around an explosion of colorful herbs and perennials. The lush green leaves will constantly provide great color comparison.
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Boxwood has a superb natural form that can make an undulating hedge in case you don’t want to keep it trimmed and trimmed.
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