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Boxwood Shrubs

Boxwoods are best known in a formal garden. It's a great evergreen and one of the oldest and most appreciated shrubs.

Close Up, Japanese, And Wintergreen


Close Up Of Green Boxwood Leaves Japanese Boxwood Wintergreen Bxowood

They can grow anywhere from zones four through eight. One of the most durable aspects of this shrub is that the leaves maintain their color throughout the year. Ranging from light to dark green, they create a soft look in any garden.

Herbee Shares A Little History

This plant species originated in Europe. Through the course of history of English gardens, it made its way to Colonial gardens in the USA. English gardens over the years have been admired, having many different varieties of this plant specimen. It wasn't uncommon to see an area designed as a rectangle or square and bordered with these specimens. As the designs in the English gardens became more detailed, figure eights and other shapes were formed. In reality, today's boxwood can be used anywhere in your landscape. Its primary function serves as hedges and borders. Many botanical gardens around the world show off this delightful shrub.

True Dwarf Boxwood

True Dwarf or Edging is a small variety that grows well in zones six through eight. The True Dwarf only grows two to two and a half feet high and two to three feet wide. It has very small leaves and is considered to be a low maintenance shrub.

True Dwarf is similar to the Korean and serves much the same purpose in any garden. It's a great border plant. It's also used in a small area along a foundation where there may be a low deck, porch or window.

The Japanese grows well in zones six through nine. This variety is known to thrive in coastal areas, and does extremely well in the southern part of the United States.

The Japanese will grow anywhere from one to four feet tall and three to four feet wide. The leaves have deep rich green tones and their shape is fairly rounded. It tends to be a slow grower, but will do better than some of the other varieties. The Japanese variety is great for a formal walkway.

The Wintergreen or Korean is the most hardy of this evergreen family. It grows well in zones four to eight. The Wintergreen is a slow grower and will mature at three to four feet in height, and three to five feet in width. The Wintergreen also has round foliage and is not as compact as other Boxwoods.

Herbee and I have planted the Korean in a small bed surrounded by other evergreen plants such as Ruby Loropetalum and Mop Cypress, giving a striking colorful look. It's also great for lining a natural pathway.


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Green Velvet Boxwood

The Green Velvet is another excellent cold weather shrub. It thrives in zones five through eight and can take cold winters.

It survives well in Canada and is a wonderful evergreen to create a topiary. Herbee loves the Green Velvet in a formal garden. It will mature four feet high and four feet wide. The Velvet has a tight structure and vibrant deep green leaves.

It's a very slow grower and not a lot of maintenance. With its upright position, it will only need to be pruned periodically.

The boxwood can also accent many different outdoor features such as benches, statues, and fountains. This family provides you with so many options in any style garden.

Herbee and I hope this has given you a visual, as well as some information on one of the oldest and popular shrubs around today.

You may be interested in reading other related articles.

Formal Gardens --- Trimming Tips

P-P-P Method --- Other Evergreens Besides Boxwood



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