|Bitsy the cat peaking under the Boxwood bush.|
- They're more formal than most gardens now days.
- They're a lot of work to keep them trimmed.
|Boxwood hedge trimmed to perfection|
I've ratcheted my boxwood expectations down a whole lot. I have one boxwood bush. Since my gardens are what I've often termed a "willy nilly" planting style - or - when I want to pretend I have a little savvy "English garden" style. Either description means plants are not in any way formally arranged. My husband will testify as he has to turn and dodge when mowing.
And then - - - I bought a boxwood and planted in my willy nilly fashion in a large informal area filled with daylilies, ornamental grasses, roses, other perennials, some small trees and bushes.
|That round ball on the left is the Boxwood under|
the 2013 mega snow.
Boxwood, Buxus sempervirens, is an evergreen. It hold it leaves and color all winter. In the spring, it sends up new lime green growth which is kept trimmed all summer. Once it's in the shape you desire, it cannot be sheared heavily because it won't sprout from the heavy stems.
Boxwood is an old ornamental garden plant traced to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. It's deer resistant. The tiny spring flowers are petal free and attract bees with it's sweet fragrance.
It has shallow surface roots and doesn't like other plants interfering with that growth. It may send up suckers from these roots but they can be cut off when it's trimmed.
|Boxwood bush in the near center right of the birdbath.|
It's emerald green leaves look beautiful in the winter, sharply contrasting with the snow. I've enjoyed this bush for seventeen years in my garden and it's been stunning every year.
|Boxwood divider hedge trimmed like elephants.|
|A boxwood sculpture that must represent the person|
who has to trim this baby all summer.