In a past post, I invited readers to let me know if they were looking for anything in particular I could curate from my 70,000+ garden photos, I got a comment requesting photos of boxwoods in front yard gardens.
I just cannot find the comment
I can’t remember if it came on Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, a comment on this blog, an email, a text, certified mail, or carrier pigeon. I do remember they wanted to see photos of boxwoods in front yards. My apologies to that reader – but here you go!
Disclaimer: Among the photos below are some of privets, which can be substantially taller than boxwoods. Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference in photos, but they can serve the same design purposes.
My own front yard could use some boxwoods
I don’t have any boxwoods in my front garden – though I have considered a low boxwood wall around the entire front yard to help “contain” it. My grassless front yard garden is a cacophony of perennials and shrubs. It has little structure. It could use some.
I do have boxwoods in my back garden, in a raised bed potager garden. These are dwarf English boxwoods – they only get to about two feet tall, maximum. I had to order them through a nursery, as they didn’t have 18 or so of the identical pants I needed for this project. I planted them about 18″ apart (if memory serves).
For a potager garden, you have to provide some sort of enclosure, boxwoods are perfect for that. In my potager, it is in a raised concrete block bed, boxwoods and gravel path form a classic cross, and it has a centerpiece. Originally mine was a rose standard, which lasted about five years. Now it’s a fountain, wich has a longer lifespan than a fussy rose standard.
And a potager usually has vegetables. I started with vegetables – lettuces, beans, peppers and such – but found that the tree I planted across the driveway (at the same time I built the potager) grew to shade the potager. Now I’m on a life-long quest to find something to grow there with some shade until noon. Low-growing bugleweed, with a tall penstemon in the center of each of the four potager quadrants, seems to have held up for a few years there, and looks respectable.
Boxwood are any number of Buxus plants, there are lots of varieties and cultivars. If you’re going to be using them as a design element and planting multiples, make sure they’re all the same plant.
They need full or part sun, and well-draining soil. Until established, after about two years, they’ll need at least weekly watering. If you can plant them to avoid winter winds, all the better.
Once they were established, it’s safe to say it is the plant in the garden I give the least thought to. They never need watering beyond rain and they seem to be impervious to pests and disease.
I shear my boxwoods only two or three times a year to keep the edges crisp. Mine are simple squared-off “L” shaped rectangles. All 18 plants now look like one unified design.
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