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Buxus, Box Hedging

Box Hedge (Buxus Sempervirens)

Box hedge, or Buxus Sempervirens, is an evergreen garden hedge. It is often used as formal low border hedging, as its slow-growing, compact greenery provides shape and structure to a garden. It’s popular with landscapers for this reason, creating clear demarcation in a garden.

Types of Box Hedging

There are a few different types of box hedge, including Buxus Sempervirens Suffruticosa, Buxus Sempervirens Rotundifolia and Buxus Sempervirens Elegantissima. All are evergreen and relatively low maintenance, so make a great choice of garden hedge.

Buxus Sempervirens Suffruticosa is probably what most people think of as a typical box hedge. It has small, compact green leaves which grow at a slow rate, making it easy to shape and maintain. It will grow up to between 2 and 3 feet tall, and up to 4 feet wide. The Buxus Sempervirens Suffruticosa is very easy to grow and likes part shade with moist soil.

Buxus Sempervirens Rotundifolia is another common variety of box hedge. Its foliage is distinct from other box hedging, because of its dense, round leaves. This makes it a great choice for either hedging or topiary. It can grow up to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and also likes part shade with moist soil.

The Buxus Sempervirens Elegantissima is a slightly different box hedge, with unique white-edged leaves. These leaves are typically larger than other types of box hedge and it can grow up to 6 feet in height and width. It is slow-growing, but may require greater maintenance than other box hedges because of its height.

Planting and Maintenance

Box hedging is relatively low maintenance, however there are some things you should do to keep your box hedge healthy. Here are our tips for planting and maintaining a box hedge.

Box Hedge Planting:

Plant in spring or autumn - Whilst it can be planted at any time of year, the best time to plant box hedge is spring or autumn. That gives it time to settle in before the main growing season in summer.

Find a sunny or partially shaded spot - Box hedging will thrive in full sun or part shade alike. It also likes moist soil, but water-logged soil should be avoided.

Prepare the soil - Before planting, ensure the soil is well-drained and free from weeds. Incorporate organic matter to improve soil structure and fertility.

Planting depth - Dig a hole as deep and as wide as the root. Position the hedge so that the top of the root is about level with the surface and re-cover.

Watering and plant feed - It is important to give your box hedge a good water once planted, as they like moist soil. We recommend adding the vitax box food which helps the plant to grow. We also recommend TopBuxus health which keeps the plants looking green and helps to fight box blight.

Box Hedge Maintenance:

Trimming - Box hedging should be trimmed twice a year, to keep the hedge’s shape. The first trim should be done around late May to mid-June, after the first growth spurt. Do not trim too late in the season or the leaves will not have time to regrow, leaving it vulnerable to frost damage.

Watering - Always water from below so that the foliage stays dry.

Feed - We recommend a Vitax box food or TopBuxus health which keeps the plants looking green and helps to fight box blight. Avoid high nitrogen fertiliser, as excessive soft leafy growth leaves the box hedge vulnerable to blight.

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast does box hedging grow? Box hedging is a slow-growing hedge, which is often used for low, formal borders. This makes it easy to maintain with trimming only needed once or twice a year to maintain shape.
How tall can box hedging get? Most box hedging will grow to 3 or 4 feet tall, and up to 4 feet wide. Certain varieties can grow slightly taller, like the Buxus Sempervirens Elegantissima which can grow up to 6 feet in height and width.
What is the best time to plant box hedge? Whilst it can be planted at any time of the year, the best time to plant box hedge in the UK is in spring or autumn. That gives the box hedge time to take root before the growing season in summer.
What type of soil is best for box hedging? Box hedging grows best in moist soil. Waterlogged soil should be avoided.
When to trim box hedge? Box hedging should be trimmed once or twice a year. The first time should be in May or June, after its first growth spurt, the second should be in August or September. Avoid trimming too late in the season.
Can box hedging be pruned into different shapes? Box hedge makes a great topiary plant. Its dense leaves make it easy to cut and shape into various forms like balls and spirals.

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