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Buxus Faulkner - BoxwoodBuxus 'Faulkner' is a widely grown plant as it is good for hedging and for topiary, especially balls. They can be used in a formal hedge or as a focal point in a bed when shaped. Perfect planted in containers such as classical terracotta or as modern border plants, Boxwood as they are also known have an attractive low compact spreading growth habit with emerald green leaves. Often associated with traditional English gardens boxwood has been modernised and is seen in almost any style of garden today. They even make great bonsai subjects making them one of the most versatile plants in the garden.

The ideal site for a box plant is in well drained soil in a partially shaded site to full sun. Planting in a well prepared soil is recommended especially if you consider that a Boxwood hedge can last for many years. Plant with loads of compost and a handful of 234 planting fertiliser per plant. If you are planting a hedge border plant them about 20 to 30cm apart.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with wonder organic fertiliser before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape and clip more regularly when young if being shaped for formal hedging.

Boxwood naturally grows between about the months of August and April. So around mid-Summer is a good time to trim the new growth. The new growth can be cut easily with scissors or shears. If you would like to increase the size of the plant, then you can leave an inch or two of the new growth each time the plant is trimmed. In this way, the size can be increased while maintaining the thick bushy appearance of the plant. A second trimming around February may be required.

Traditional boxwood design

Shaped boxwood in containers

Boxwood used as an evergreen border