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.


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.