boxwood plants

If you are looking for something that can make your house look more attractive, you should consider planting boxwood shrubs in your front yard or backyard. A boxwood shrub is often used by homeowners and landscapists as a decorative plant. It can be cut into different shapes like round or rectangular. You can also shape it into an animal and other fun figures that will make your garden look whimsical. I have seen one garden that has these boxwood hedges in different animal shapes and the garden reminds me of a garden that I have read only in books.

Aside from making your garden look great, these shrubs also serve as a fence between you and your neighbors. It provides a distinct line between you and your neighbor’s property and provides privacy without affecting the natural look of the landscape. It would surely look very artificial if you build a concrete wall or a steel fence around the perimeter of your property.

If you are planning to plant boxwood in your yard, you should check out the following tips.

Decide Where You Want To Plant Your Boxwood Shrubs

You can plant these shrubs in different places. You can plant it in between your property and your neighbor’s, along the pathway, under your window, along the doorstep, and many other places. It can serve as a border and at the same time can also be decorative. Most landscapists also use boxwood for their landscape because this plant can be easily cut into different shapes. If you want to carry your boxwood and transfer it to different locations, you should consider planting it in a pot for easy mobility. Whatever you decide to do, you have to make sure that your boxwood will receive enough sunlight.

Plant Boxwood Shrubs Alongside Other Plants

If you are going to plant boxwood along with other plants, be sure to consider the size of the other plants. More often than not, boxwood plants are used as the central point in a garden landscape. I have seen a round boxwood shrub surrounded by other smaller plants in different colors. It looks really nice because the smooth and even texture of the boxwood is emphasized.  However, be sure that the boxwood plant is at least 3 feet away from these other plants because they sometimes invade the root system of other plants.

Test The Soil Before Planting

Do not plant your boxwood in clay soil because boxwood requires good drainage and clay does not drain properly. Sandy soil is also not advisable because it drains too fast. Just choose a soil type that is ideal for most plants. You should also test the pH level of the soil. It should be about 6 to 7 on the scale because boxwood will grow well in slightly acidic soil.

Conclusion

Boxwood_WintergreenBased on the above tips, planting boxwood is not so difficult. As long as you follow the tips that I have mentioned above and the steps for planting boxwood, your boxwood shrubs will surely grow properly.

Choosing the right one among the different types of boxwood shrubs can be challenging which is why you need to be armed with the right information before you decide to settle for one type. Lucky for you, I have researched about this subject matter and I am going to share what I have found out about the different varieties of boxwood plants in this article.

I do not research about things just for fun. I have researched about this topic because I am also thinking about planting boxwood shrubs in my garden and I have heard that there are a number of varieties to choose from and each of these varieties have different needs and characteristics. I made a list of the most popular varieties of boxwood and here it is.

Types Of Boxwood Shrubs—English Boxwood

This is probably the most popular type of boxwood grown in gardens and yards. This variety can grow up to 3 feet in height at a rate of 1 inch per year. According to my research, it was first grown in the United States in the early 1700s. The English variety produces small flowers that are not attractive which makes the plant non-ornamental. These flowers come out in spring and the plant is considered as an evergreen. When not trimmed properly, wild English boxwood grows like a cloud, though the usual shape is round.

Types Of Boxwood Shrubs—American Boxwood

This is the perfect choice if you live in the northern region, like I do, because American boxwoods can tolerate very cold weather. The flowers of this variety of boxwood are small and pale green in color, although these are not the main considerations when choosing American boxwood. American boxwoods are some of the tallest varieties of boxwoods. They can grow up to 10 feet, although I’ve seen an American boxwood tree that stands about 20 feet. But I think these really tall boxwood trees are not common. The waxy leaves are dark green on the top side and pale green on the underside.

Boxwood Shrub Types—Japanese Boxwood

Japanese are known for their bonsais, although Japanese boxwood has nothing to do with bonsais. I just want to point out that Japanese plants usually have smaller parts than similar plants grown in other countries. Japanese boxwood is called littleleaf because of its small leaves which are smaller than leaves of other boxwood varieties. However, they grow higher than the English variety. Japanese boxwoods can grow up to 6 to 8 feet in height, although they are not usually cultivated this high.

Boxwood Shrub Types—Korean Boxwood

Boxwood-ShrubsThe foliage of the first three varieties is dense while the Korean boxwood tends to grow leaves that have wide gaps in between. This allows the air to penetrate the inner parts of the foliage, making it less prone to damage caused by strong wind. Korean types of boxwood shrubs grow up to 4 feet and bloom in springtime, although they can also survive harsh weather conditions in winter.

One thing that you should do if you are planning to grow boxwood in your garden or yard is to search for boxwood shrubs pictures. I always browse through pictures whenever I want to do some changes in my home and also in my garden. This gives me an idea about how much project will look like once it is done. It also helps me choose the right kind of design or plant that I can add in my own home or garden.

Browsing through pictures of boxwood shrubs will help you understand more about the different boxwood varieties. If I tell you that a Japanese boxwood shrub has little round leaves, you still will not be able to grasp what I am trying to say without a picture of a Japanese boxwood plant. Descriptions in text are okay but it would even be better if they are accompanied by pictures. You can check out some of the great sources of pictures of boxwood plants in the following paragraphs.

Find Boxwood Shrubs Pictures Online

I think I do not really have to elaborate on this but I will, just in case some of the readers still do not know the amazing way that they can search for pictures using Google. When you go to Google, click the tab that says ‘Images’. On the search field, type the phrase or word that you want to search pictures of then ‘Search’. Hundreds or even thousands of images will appear on the search results, depending on the popularity of the topic.

I also visit gardening websites that have some really nice pictures of boxwoods and how they are planted in a garden.

Browse For Boxwood Shrubs Pictures In Magazines

Another great source of photos of boxwood shrubs is one of those gardening magazines. You will surely find some pictures of boxwoods in these magazines, especially if they are the featured plants in that particular edition. I also cut landscape and garden pictures that have boxwoods in them even if the boxwoods are not the main focus of the pictures. I just want to have some ideas how they are used by professional landscapists in gardens and yards.

Search For Boxwood Pictures In Books

You should also check out books about home and gardening that have really nice and glossy photos. You can also find them in an encyclopedia of gardening plants or something similar. I have one of these encyclopedias of gardening plants but the main focus is flowering plants. I think I should buy one that focuses on shrubs or plants that are grown for their foliage.

Other Tips

green-velvet-2When it comes to searching for pictures of boxwood plants, you can search for pictures of the different varieties so that you have an idea which variety to buy and you can also search for pictures of different garden landscapes and designs using boxwoods. You can also cut or print the pictures or just compile them in a folder that you can access anytime you need to take a look at boxwood shrubs pictures.

You need to know about proper boxwood shrubs care if you already have boxwoods planted in your yard or garden or if you are still thinking of planning these shrubs in your property. Boxwoods are evergreen plants that are cultivated for their dense foliage. They serve as natural fences or borders, topiaries, and landscaping plants because it is easy to trim their leaves according to your preferred shape. I want to grow boxwood plants in my garden which I can use to create a small maze that my kids will surely love. I think this is a major project so for the meantime, I am still doing my research about boxwood shrubs.

Caring for boxwood shrubs is not so difficult. In fact, they are some of the plants that require low maintenance. However, for them to provide you the kind of foliage that you are looking for, you need to know how to properly care for your boxwood shrubs. Check out the following tips that I have collected on how to care for your boxwood shrubs.

Boxwood Shrubs Care Tip—Water Your Boxwood Properly

Boxwoods can tolerate hot temperature and even dry land but only up to a point. If you leave them for several months without watering, you will observe browning of leaves caused by lack of water. What you can do is to water them enough just to keep the soil from drying up. Do not pour too much water that will make the soil soggy because this can damage the root system and will cause them to die.

Boxwood Shrubs Care Tip—Inspect The Leaves

Inspecting the leaves will give you an idea whether your boxwood plants are infested by insects and parasites. For example, stippling in the leaves could mean that your boxwood is infested with mites while holes on the leaves are symptoms of leafminer infestation. If the leaves are browning, it could mean that the plant lacks water or nourishment from the soil or sunlight.

Boxwood Plant Care Tip—Fertilize The Soil

You should also fertilize the soil using granular fertilizer with a 10-6-4 nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus ratio. It is also important to do this at the end of fall season. I have very little idea about fertilizers which is why I often get whatever the owner of the fertilizer store tells me to buy.

Boxwood Plant Care Tip—Control Pests

Once you have identified the pests, you need to control the infestation using insecticides for heavy infestations. To prevent mites and other leaf pests, you should apply a thin layer of horticultural oil on the surface of the leaves that will prevent them from boring holes into the leaves. If you have no idea about insecticides, you should always consult your local garden center for help.

Final Thoughts

green-velvet-boxwoodThese are just some basic things that you can do to protect your boxwood plants. They are simple and easy to do, perfect for beginners like me. I also advise you to always consult an expert about gardens or boxwoods to get some more advanced tips about boxwood shrubs care.