Buxus or ‘box’ is a garden hero! Lustrous green leaves all year round means that it provides permanent structure and colour. Perfect for hedging, either ornamental or functional, and it works just as well as a feature plant in a centered position. It’s also great in a container on the patio or next to a doorway.
The special surprise? Buxus can be pruned into beautiful shapes like virtually no other garden plant – it is the perfect platform for that noble art of topiary. Ideally do your pruning between April and October with a hedge trimmer and clippers. Simple shapes (balls, pyramids, or smart right-angled hedges) come quite easily but for more complicated shapes you’ll need more patience and time.
Easy to care for
Box (Buxus sempervirens) is happy in sun or shade. Planting is simple: dig a hole one and a half or two times the size of the root ball, loosen the soil in the base and work in some compost, backfill with soil and water it properly. Well-rotted manure, pelleted chicken manure or plant food will stimulate healthy root growth and help the plant establish itself quickly.