Box Hedging

Box Hedging

Buxus sempervirens is a true garden classic. Box hedging is a popular evergreen that provides much needed garden structure.

As an architectural plant, Box hedging is the perfect border plant, withstanding frequent shaping and shearing. Box hedges look stunning planted

around flower borders and vegetable gardens and can also be grown as a standalone feature plant.

Buxus or box as it is commonly known is the ideal plant for formal hedges or hedging as well as being

the topiary plant of choice at hundreds of stately homes and gardens. Buxus sempervirens has dense small round dark evergreen

leaves. It is a slow growing plant achieving around 10 - 15cm in a season. Buxus Sempervirens should be trimmed in mid-summer.

Clipping box hedging 

Box hedging can be pruned easily and has the ability to grow from old wood. To maintain trimmed forms and hedges you need to 

prune them twice a year. The first time should be done around late May or mid-June, after the first growth spurt.


Don’t trim box hedging too late in the season, any re growth needs time to ripen fully otherwise it will be vulnerable to frost damage that will allow

fungal spores entry into your plants. Always water from below so that the foliage stays dry. Also don’t use a high nitrogen fertiliser on your box, excessive soft leafy growth will always favour blight, use a more balanced

feed instead such as topbuxus.

Feeding and planting Box hedging 

Buxus will thrive in shade and full sun alike but take care not to plant in standing water or very wet conditions.When purchasing box plants we

recommend also purchasing the TopBuxus grow which is ideal to encourage the plant to grow healthy and also the TopBuxus health which

keeps the plants looking green and also helps fight box blight.

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