Box Or Buxus Hedging Help And Advice

Box Or Buxus Hedging Help And Advice

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 vitax box feed available from the plant food section on this website.

Box Catterpillars

There is no stopping the march across the U.K. of these greedy little beasts. They are not the kiss of death you read about and they haven't made past the midlands yet but you need to keep an eye out especially with the shaped box. We need a good hard winter to sort the little invaders. If you notice little cobweb-like areas developeing on the outer tips of your bushes, have a poke about and see if they are in there(quite hard to see as they are green) you need to act quickly to kill the little nippers. Unfortunately we are not allowed to sell you the researched cure in this country but good old Amazon has the answer. The product made for this is called Topbuxus xentari. It's times like this when it's good the world is shrinking as they sell it and it comes from the jolly Germans with instructions in 50 languages except English. A quick google up on xentari will get you the answers. As soon as it gains the right certificates we will have it available. Perhaps we ought to say that we can't tell you to do this and you should make your own choices. If you are worried spray them with any other catterpillar insecticide and lay it on thick. Call us if you are really concerned or email

Box Blight

A nasty we could do without, but it's one of those things, like toadstalls, it just seems to happen if we get the right weather conditions. In the case of buxus it's wet after warm like you often get in late summer. You should take precautions when you clip them, like dipping the shears in dissinfectant if you suspect there may be a problem and you change plants to go and clip the next one or hedge. Our observations are that you don't get anything like the same problems if you only clip the plants or topiary when the next couple of days are going to be dry. It seems clipping when the bush it's wet, and stays wet and warm, seems to create the perfect conditions for blight. Keeping them fed helps,but with proper box feed. Don't be pilling on any old feed and shouting grow. You could kill them with kindness. Little and often is best and again on a dry day without broadcasting the food all over the foliage. We might be making this sound scary so let's stop there and simply say if you are concerned visit the top buxus website and buy yourself a few tubs of the cure.

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 vitax box food 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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