Buxus sempervirens | Box Hedge Hedging
A classic shrub that can be pruned into any shape you like!
Buxus sempervirens, or 'Box Hedging' is a classic evergreen hedging plant, perfect for low, formal hedges, borders, and topiary too. This dense hedge with its small, round leaves has been a key feature in British gardens for many years and its popularity is aided by its ability to grow in almost all soils. Buxus can easily be kept tidy and tightly clipped, making it ideal for ornamental gardening without the hassle of constant maintenance!
- Supplied As: Bare root
- Height on Arrival: 35 - 40cm
- Features: Compact, evergreen
- Habit: Compact
- Deciduous?: No, evergreen
Please note: where your plant is supplied with a pot, your plant's 'Height on Arrival' includes the pot
Box hedging is a wonderful plant for the beginner gardener. Below we address some common care queries:
- Hardiness: Buxus sempervirens will flourish in the UK climate, remaining its foliage through the winter months.
- Position: Buxus sempervirens will appreciate part shade, and is best off sheltered from harsh winds.
- Soil Types: Soil that is moist (yet well-drained), will be optimal for your plant. This is especially the case if you are planting your hedge in full sun, where their soil may dry out more quickly.
Please note, as part of protecting our treasured wildlife, always check for birds nests and other animals that may be in your hedge before you prune.
Advice on hot and droopy plants
If your plants are looking a little wilted right now, don’t worry! Plants like to be filled with water to keep their structure, and when it’s hot that water evaporates.
Just give them an off-schedule watering and they’ll be right as rain in no time! Be careful not to flood them - plants don’t like extremes.
The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.
Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.
Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.
Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.
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Buxus is extremely hardy and will withstand the unpredictable English weather. You can plant in any soil type and in any position in the garden. The dense foliage provides ample protection from wind and although evergreen, Buxus provides year long interest through the changing seasons with small flowers in the spring and small berries in autumn.
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