Gardening with the Boxwood Buxus

Caring for the Boxwood Buxus: Here's What to Know

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Have you been looking for the perfect hedge or border plant as the last missing piece in the puzzle of your garden? Then the Boxwood Buxus is just what you need! This simple yet charming plant is a lot more than just its looks. Beloved for its versatility and timeless elegance, the Boxwood Buxus a popularly used garden plant.

Boxwood Buxus plants are essentially woody shrubs, renowned for their ability to adapt to various spaces. Whether you're looking for a formal, perfectly cut shrub that graces your garden with a delicate, posh charm or a free-growing unpruned Boxwood as a border plant that gives you an added benefit of privacy, this plant has it all.

Here's everything you need to know about the Boxwood Buxus Sempervirens!


• Features & Benefits of the Boxwood Buxus 

The Boxwood Buxus plant is a stunning shrub that graces the gardens of many. These plants are known to be versatile and hardy. Here are a few key features and benefits of the Boxwood that you must know:


1. Evergreen Foliage 

There are various different types of Boxwoods and all of them are known to be evergreen shrubs. They boast a thick, dense foliage with woody stems that give them a rustic charm.


2. Versatile Charm

The versatility of this plant is a major selling point for many. This feature makes the plant a great fit for various types of landscapes and gardens such as formal gardens or even casual landscapes. The Boxwood looks good by itself and also complements other plants well. You can even grow this as a hedge or border plant.


3. Compact Growth

The Boxwood Buxus plant is a dense grower and grows as a very compact shrub, making it perfect for small or crowded spaces in gardens. This makes it perfect for  hedges, borders, and topiaries.


4. Low Maintenance

The common Boxwood plant is low maintenance and does not take up too much of your time or attention. Once established, just remember to water it twice a week and prune it as you wish, and it will be more than happy!


5. Adaptable

Boxwood plants are adaptable and are open to growing well in most kinds of soil and different environments. Once you harden them well to the types of conditions that you want them to grow in, they do well and reward you with their stunning looks. 


6. Longevity

The Boxwood growing pattern is very slow and the plant is known for being a long-term companion. If you treat it well, it will reward you with decades of beauty and resilience.


7. Privacy and Screening

When planted densely, Boxwood Buxus plants create effective privacy screens and noise barriers. If you're looking to create a space with lesser visibility for the outside world and lesser noise pollution indoors, these plants will be perfect for your gardens. 


• Basic Care Tips for the Boxwood Buxus Sempervirens

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Once you know just what the Boxwood Buxus needs, it is easy to care for it and help it grow the way you need. However, when establishing the plant, it is essential to know what to do. So, here are a few things you must keep in mind:


1. Light Requirements 

While it tolerates low light conditions to some extent, the Boxwood Buxus plant does well in partial or full sunlight. It requires at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily to thrive. So, if you are looking to create hedges or borders for your outdoor gardens in lawns or backyards, this shrub will be a great fit. 


2. Watering 

As with most plants, even the Buxus needs constant moisture in its soil. So, you must remember to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Especially in the growing phase when the plant is still establishing itself in your environment, it is essential to keep it werll-watered and hydrated. 


3. Soil

Different types of Buxus do appear different but they all have the same kind of requirements when it comes to soil. They require moderately alkaline and well-drained soil. These plants cannot stand wet feet and their roots are often susceptible to rot. So, remember not to overwater the plants and to provide good aeration with the help of Coco Peat or Perlite


4. Pruning 

Boxwood Buxus plants are well-known for liking pruning. They react well to it and grow perfectly according to the shape that you cut them in. Additionally, they do not even require too much pruning as the plant is very slow-growing. However, remember to prune before the new growth starts coming so that you can shape it according to your preferences.


5. Fertilization

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Boxwood Buxus Sempervirens requires balanced feed and the best way to give it this is through liquid fertilizers. This will allow an all-round reach on the foliage while you will also be able to apply the same to the roots as and when needed. Some liquid fertilizers used to enhance overall growth are Seaweed Extract Spray, which you can find in Ugaoo's Plant Tonic, and Humic Acid Spray for robust growth. 


When caring for this evergreen shrub, you must remember that finding the right location for the plant is key. It needs to be placed somewhere where it will receive full sunlight for at least 4-6 hours of the day. This will ensure proper growth, allowing you to create the kind of garden you want with different types of Boxwood plants. After the Buxus Sempervirens planting, the next steps to follow are those mentioned above. Now that you're equipped with better knowledge on how to handle and grow the Boxwood Buxus plant, you will be able to enhance the looks of your own outdoor garden and create a better privacy screen for yourself with plants as well!


Happy Gardening!


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