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New growth on Buxus is a bright emerald
New growth on Buxus
is a bright emerald

We have planted a lot of English Boxwood here at Eckards in our display gardens we love to use it that much. Buxus as it's also called are so versatile and easy to grow with little maintenance and create a low hedge or clipped ball topiary to suit any garden style.

Buxus '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 clipped to shape. 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.

 

Our established hege bordering our trolley bay
Our established hege bordering
our trolley bay
Leave them to create an informal unclipped layer
Leave them to create
an informal unclipped layer

 

Planting in a well prepared soil is recommended especially if you consider that a Boxwood hedge can last for many years. Plant them with loads of compost as well as a handful of bone meal and a handful of Bio Ganic fertiliser per plant. If you are planting a hedge border we recommend thee per running metre but one can plant them closer for an instant effect.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with organic fertiliser before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, clip 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 will keep the plants tidy for winter.

 

Clip to shape early summer and early autumn
Clip to shape early
summer and early autumn
Plant the three per meter for a border hedge
Plant the three per
meter for a border hedge

 

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