This traditional evergreen is grown for its small, neat, dense leaf habit and its longevity. Commonly know as Box, it is the primary plant that is used for low-growing border hedging and topiary. They are an absolute must for a Parterre garden and will add linear emphasis to a formal design. These are tough plants that have simple requirements. They thrive in sun or shade and adapt well to climates that are warmer even though their preference is for cooler climates. They are tolerant of regular cliping – in fact they seem to love it - which encourages them to retain a tightly growing leaf habit and this makes them desirable as specimens for shaping. It is always best to cut them back after the new growth has sprouted.
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All of the species are evergreen shrubs or small trees with simple smooth-edged leaves arranged in oposite pairs. Small greenish or yellowish flowers are borne in the leaf axils. There are variegated cultivars with cream, yellow and white-edged leaves which can be an attractive alternative to the mid-green variety.
A member of the family Buxaceae, the genus Buxus has most of its 50 or so species in the West Indies and Central America; there are also species through eastern Asia, the Himalayas, Africa, and Europe. Mostly used as garden and landscape plants, the close-grained yellowish wood is also used for wood-cut engraving, and for small turned and carved objects such as buttons and chess pieces.
'Graham Blandy' is an upright sort of chap who will always stand up tall and erect in the garden. With a natural columnar habit this Box is perfect for adding an exclamation point to planting schemes. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Ideal for narrow spaces or group together to form a natural screen of green. Perhaps march along the side of a path or drive. A very useful plant for directional planting.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 50cm
A slow growing compact form of Box with a naturally rounded shape. In spring the fresh new growth is shaded a beautiful soft lime green turning to a darker glossy green on maturity. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
'Green Gem' is the perfect choice for a low hedge as it doesn't need as much clipping as other Buxus due to its compact habit. Nice for topiary work too. Though 'Green Gem' is very tolerant and hardy it prefers not to have 'wet feet' in winter - quite understandable, I don't much like wet feet myself!
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
A close relative to the European Box but this little sweetie from Asia has leaves which are a little more glossy and rounded than its cousin. The usual dark green for most of the year but in winter the whole plant can take on a bronze tone depending on the temperature. Evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 1m
A delightful little American cultivar of the Korean Box plant. Valued for its dwarf, compact habit it is ideal for low hedging or edging. The leaves are very dainty and a deep glossy green turning to a deep copper shade in winter. Easy to grow. clips well, evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 50cm
This form of Box has a larger leaf than many other varieties hence the name macro = large and phylla = leaf. The glossy green foliage looks good all year round and is particularly attractive in spring. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Clips well, Evergreen.
The perfect little shrub for low formal hedges or topiary work. Equally this Buxus looks good as a stand alone shrub to add substance to the border.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm