How to: Use Buxus

Buxus deserves a place in any garden – it’s the perfect plant for creating evergreen style and structure.

Buxus Sempervirens

Buxus is a versatile plant that’s useful in any garden. Often known as box, it’s used to create topiary shapes, with pyramids, spheres and spirals all on offer. These shapes work particularly well in containers, which means they’re great for adding structure to a patio.

Pairs of potted buxus shapes are also useful for flanking a path or framing a front door. Or you could make a design statement by creating a line of containers all filled with the same shape. It’s a simple way to create impact that will last year round.

  • Buxus in borders

Plant buxus in flower borders to add evergreen structure to your garden. Topiary shapes work well, providing a textural contrast to billowing blooms. Repeat the same shape through a border.

Buxus spheres work particularly well in a relaxed scheme, especially if you arrange them in groups and include a variety of sizes. Alternatively create a formal look with same-size plants spaced at regular intervals.

  • Buxus as a hedge

Buxus makes a handsome and compact hedge. It’s quite slow to grow, so use it for a low hedge, not one to mark a boundary.

Low hedges are useful for defining the edge of a border or edging a path. They also add a designer element to a space and provide structure that will hold its shape through the year. Clip the hedge tightly so it looks neat and crisp.

  • Buxus care

Potted buxus should be planted in a soil-based compost (ask in-store). Water it regularly, ensuring the compost never dries out. Feed potted buxus weekly from March to October with a general-purpose fertiliser.

Buxus planted in the ground needs little care once established. Just make sure you water it well in the first year after planting.

All buxus should be clipped at least once a year. This usually takes place in the spring after the buxus puts on new growth. Simply cut away to new growth to neaten up the plant and redefine the shape of the topiary or hedge.