Boxwoods for Sale Online
Boxwood Shrubs are one of the most versatile evergreen shrubs in any garden and look great in formal settings or casual gardens. In the winter, the Boxwood’s strong shape dominates the landscape with their dark green foliage. When the landscape is in full bloom in the summer, boxwood shrubs highlight the bright flowers and foliage of the other plants in your garden when used as a backdrop.
Evergreen Boxwoods have been used as foundation plantings for their ability to anchor or give four-season permanence to a landscape. They can be seen lining walkways in formal gardens, as focal points in the center of lawns, used as privacy screens, or blocking the unsightly view of air conditioners or other utility features.
Benefits of Buying Boxwood Shrubs
The only thing better than a beautiful landscape is a beautiful landscape that is easy to care for! Incorporating stunning evergreen boxwood shrubs into your landscape design will be one of the biggest steps toward creating the yard of your dreams! Boasting easy care regimens, with minimal pruning, watering, and fertilizing required, Boxwood shrubs are hardy to the elements and extremely low-maintenance plants.
On top of their easy care, Boxwoods are loved for their ability to provide vibrant green color to a yard year-round! In the dreary months of winter when many trees are bare, and your yard is feeling dull and lifeless, Boxwood shrubs remain resilient and bright!
For some inspiration on brightening up your winter landscape, be sure to check out our blog: Using Evergreen Shrubs To Create Winter Interest. The lustrous green leaves on these landscape shrubs will ensure that your yard looks clean, manicured, and lively throughout the seasons.
Excellent Privacy Barrier
Not only do they create beautiful and functional privacy screens, but Boxwoods also serve as effective privacy barriers in place of a fence or wall! As one of the best options for a compact, fast-growing privacy hedge, Boxwood shrubs provide the privacy and security that many desire for their properties.
How to Buy The Right Boxwood Shrubs for Your Yard
When it comes to choosing the right Boxwood shrub for your landscaping, it can be difficult to decide because there are so many different shapes, sizes, and varieties to choose from! There are a few factors that you should take into account when selecting Boxwoods for your landscape.
What Is Your USDA Grow Zone?
The first step to selecting the right Boxwood for you is determining your designated USDA Grow Zone. Lucky for you, we've gone ahead and simplified this step with the help of our Grow Zone Finder Tool!
Simply enter your zip code into the search bar and be amazed as the tool not only determines your Grow Zone but also gives you a list of plants perfectly suited for your climate!
How much space is there?
The next thing to take into account when selecting your Boxwood shrubs is spacing. The natural size, shape, and growth rate of boxwood shrubs are dependent upon the variety, so it is important that you select a boxwood that will properly fill a space without outgrowing it.
When planting a boxwood hedge, space dwarf varieties such as Dwarf English Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa) about 16 to 20 inches apart, Taller and wider varieties such as Wintergreen Boxwood plants for a low hedge 18 to 24 inches apart, and plants for a tall hedge about 24 to 36 inches apart.
Of course, the spacing will dictate how fast you will have a continuous hedge, so if you want the hedge to be fuller sooner, go ahead and close in the spacing a little. If you are planting a hedge, you can use a soaker hose to make watering a little easier. Simply lay out the hose at the base of the plants and allow the water to run for an hour or so, depending on how fast your water flows.
What shape do you prefer?
There are a few basic types of Boxwood Shrubs ranging from Dwarf or Low Growing Boxwoods, to Upright or Tall Boxwoods! Dependent upon the look you are going for within your garden or landscape, you will want to select a certain type of boxwood.
In addition to the type of Boxwood, you can also center in on the specific cut and shape of the shrub through pruning. Boxwoods are relatively easy to keep in shape. The best time to trim boxwoods is in the late winter or early spring, but they can be trimmed any time during the growing season.
Generally speaking, boxwoods put on new growth once per year. Pruning in the early spring before the new growth appears allows you to trim for shape, and the fresh leaves will cover the pruned tips with new green growth.
How to Care For Your Boxwood Shrubs
Unlike many plants that grow best when planted in spring or summer, Boxwoods are hardy and readily adaptable so they can be planted at any time of the year! When it comes to planting your Boxwood Shrub, we recommend selecting a well-draining area of your yard and ensuring the soil is at an even pH between 6 and 7. In addition to well-drained soils, these popular yard shrubs enjoy full sun to partial shade.
Once you've selected your shrubs and found the perfect spot for them, you can dig a hole no greater than the depth of the root ball and about two to three times as wide. Place your boxwood shrub in the hole and backfill it with soil and organic compost if you have it.
Additionally, we recommend mulching around the base of your plant to protect the root ball from the elements.
Water your Boxwood shrub thoroughly for the first week after planting. Pay attention to your local climate as well, if your boxwood is growing in the heat of summer, it will surely need more water than it would in a rain-filled spring.
We recommend fertilizing your Boxwood Shrub in the growing seasons of spring and fall. Espoma Plant-Tone is a great all-natural option that will provide your plants with the balanced nutrition they need to thrive!
For more information on how to grow Boxwood Shrubs, follow the steps laid out in our planting guide: How To Plant and Care For Boxwood Shrubs.
What are the Types of Boxwood Shrubs for Sale at Garden Goods Direct?
There are many types of boxwoods available, and choosing the right boxwood for your growing zone or sun exposure is easier than it seems.
English Boxwoods are referred to as dwarf English boxwoods. They are slow-growing and can live for up to 100 years. English boxwoods are easily kept in shape due to their slow growth rate and ability to withstand trimming.
These are hardy to zone six and do prefer protection from the hot afternoon sun in southern areas. English boxwoods can be seen growing in colonial gardens and even in the white house landscape. English boxwoods can reach up to three feet tall at maturity.
English boxwoods or Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa tend to turn bronze in the winter due to the drying effects of the winds and sun. They will return to green in the spring. To avoid this, spray your English boxwoods with an anti-desiccant such as Wilt-Pruf in the late fall.
American Boxwoods or Common Boxwoods have the darkest green foliage of the boxwood family. Similar to English boxwoods in leaf shape and habits. American Boxwoods can grow up to ten feet tall, and some have grown as high as 20 feet giving them the common name of tree boxwood. American boxwoods are the best choice for gardeners in zone 5 as these tend to be hardier than their English cousins.
Japanese Boxwoods or little-leaf boxwoods are slow-growing and are typically used for hedges but are more often pruned into topiaries. Japanese Boxwoods are hardy to zone 6 and prefer a part-shade exposure. Two popular types of Japanese Boxwoods are Winter Gem boxwood and Winter Green. This family maintains its green color throughout the winter, even in zone 6.
There are many varieties of dwarf boxwoods that have allowed those with smaller urban gardens to have manicured hedges. Baby Jade and Baby Gem are two newer varieties that are easily trained into hedges that are excellent for lining walkways and paths where excessive height is not desired. These are also the best choice for trimming into ball shapes.
There are hybrid boxwoods that are entering northern gardens thanks to plant breeders. Many breeders are working to increase boxwoods' hardiness, allowing northern gardeners to enjoy boxwoods in their gardens.
Two particular standouts in the hybrid family are the Green Gem Boxwood and Green Mountain Boxwood varieties. Both varieties have been grown as far north as zone 4. There are also newer varieties available that are showing some resistance to boxwood blight. The Golden Dream boxwood is a variegated boxwood that has demonstrated excellent resistance to this disease.
Winter Gem and Green Mountain have also shown excellent results in tests conducted by NC State University and are good choices if you live in an area where this disease has been found! For a full list of Boxwood Shrubs resistant to Boxwood Blight, check out this study on Boxwood Blight done by the Bartlett Tree Experts!
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