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How to Care for Boxwoods
Boxwood is a perennial favorite in Southern gardens. There is nothing more stately than a trimmed hedge or topiary. Boxwood are evergreen in winter, deer-resistant and low-maintenance.
With more than 365 different cultivars, boxwood comes in all shapes, shades and sizes. English boxwood doesn’t handle heat as well as its Asian counterparts, so plant it in partial shade or in morning sun.
Korean boxwood is very hardy and grows well in full sun. There are also boxwood hybrids like Green Gem and Green Velvet. Newer and unique choices include hardy Chicagoland Green Glencoe, dwarf Sunburst, tall and narrow Green Tower, and Sprinter, which is ideal for containers.
- Select a spot with evenly moist, rich soil that drains well.
- Perform a simple soil test. Amend soil to keep pH between six and seven. Ask your local Garden Center associate for assistance.
- Dig a hole no greater than the depth of the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide.
- Loosen roots before planting. Plant the crown of the boxwood slightly above the surface.
- Amend soil with compost. Backfill hole, compressing lightly to remove any air pockets.
- Water thoroughly and then mulch 2”-3”. Keep mulch away from the trunk. Do not mound like a volcano.
- Watch out for boxwood blight. Know the symptoms of this fungal disease before you purchase new plants. While no boxwood is immune to the disease, Korean and Japanese types seem less susceptible. Once the disease is introduced in your garden, it can be a problem throughout the entire garden. For more information, ask your Garden Center associate.