Buxus sempervirens is the perfect shrub for gardeners who like to keep their garden looking ship shape with the minimum of fuss. This classic compact evergreen is ready-clipped into a formal ball shape.
With deep green, glossy leaves and an upright habit, Box lends itself perfectly to topiary as well as a slow, low-growing hedge which can be cut back to razor sharp lines each summer - ideal for all kinds of gardens, from classic or relaxed styles, to contemporary or formal. Box is evergreen, so provides year-round structure and colour in the garden. This resilient and hardy shrub grows well in most gardens, conditions and aspects, making it a really useful plant for filling gaps as well as showing off as a centrepiece. Ideal for beds and borders as well as growing in a container on the patio or either side of the front door, box provides effortlessly chic and classic looks. Box is ideal for clipping into formal shapes such as pyramids, spirals and balls - this plant is supplied ready-clipped into a ball shape for you, so all you need to do is maintain its shape with a quick clip in early summer and autumn.
A neat and bushy box ball, perfect for providing year-round colour and structure.
Plant Type: Shrub, Hedging Plant
Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1.5m x W 1.5m (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Yellow
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Harmful if eaten. Skin irritant.
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Coastal Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Formal Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): April - May
Box forms a tidy, upright evergreen which grows really well in dry shade soil but is happy almost anywhere as long as the soil is not too wet. As happy in a large container as it is in the ground, it's best suited to a sheltered site but can tolerate exposed or coastal conditions.
Use a good quality loam-based compost if planting in containers and shelter plants from cold winter winds. If planting in the ground water well before planting and dig a hole which is wide and deep enough to accommodate the entire rootball. Position the plant with the best side facing into the garden, before backfilling with soil and firming down.
Water the plants in well after planting, then continue to water regularly throughout the first summer. Once established, this variety should not require additional regular watering. If planted in a container, water during summer whenever the soil is dry.
Box is perfect for clipping into formal topiary shapes, such as spirals, balls and squares. Once you've planted your young box plants, you can start trimming them to shape from around May. It's best to start creating your shape by lightly clipping excess growth to encourage bushy sideshoots. Throughout the summer new shoots will grow which can then be clipped again in autumn. Any thicker stems which need to be removed to help to create your shape can be done so carefully with sharp secateurs. When clipping your box to shape, cut it as far as one or two leaves above the main bush. It may take a few years to achieve the desired look, but once you've got your topiary to the shape you want it, it's easily maintained with regular annual clipping of the new growth with shears during early summer and autumn.