Buxus hedge, box plants, or Buxus sempervirens are considered the most ideal plant species for low hedges, formal borders, and also topiary designs. Buxus hedge is a popular choice for a formal, common hedge among gardeners because it has a dense and leafy appearance that adds a classic and versatile look to any landscape. View: Our grow guide for healthy buxus

Box hedging plant – Buxus sempervirens

The small, glossy, evergreen leaves, slow growth rate, and compact growth habit make

Buxus hedge is easy to grow, shape, train, and maintain. Buxus can be grown into many shapes such as balls, pyramids, spirals, lollipop, or just topiary. Other plants could be used such as spiral bay trees, ilex crenata, taxus baccata or yew for yew balls or twisted yew trees

It is also a tough plant that thrives in the most difficult growing conditions to maintain its evergreen foliage and add colour to the landscape all year round. READ: How to make your buxus grow faster

Apart from being grown as a formal hedge, Buxus sempervirens are often used as an effective privacy screen and a good windbreaker.
Where should I position Buxus hedge in my garden?
Buxus plants can grow easily in most locations including slopes and river banks. Though they can tolerate full sun and full shade, they are best planted in a position where they can get partial shade from extreme sun and winds that can cause leaf scorch. READ: How far apart should buxus be planted?
What type of soil does Buxus hedge need?
Buxus sempervirens are tough plants and can grow well in most soil types. They can tolerate poor soil conditions and will survive drought. However, they prefer fertile soil with good drainage abilities. Chalk, clay, sand, or loamy soil that is well-drained is a great option. Issues? How to save a dying Buxus & common problems you might have
How can I prune my Buxus hedge?
Buxus plants are slow-growing, growing only about 10 to 15 centimetres per year so they can be easily pruned and controlled to your desired shape and size. To achieve a formal hedge, you can prune it twice a year; once in spring and again in autumn. For a less formal or more relaxed look, pruning once a year in autumn or winter is ideal. READ MORE: When is best to prune or trim your buxus

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