Classic, Clean Boxwood Shrubs Feel Very Modern
Nature Hills expert growers deliver exceptional Box bushes to bring color and structure year-round. Shop and buy American Boxwood, English Boxwood, Japanese Boxwood, cold-hardy Korean Boxwood...or a modern natural hybrid from our convenient online catalog.
Boxwood or Buxus is a genus of 70 species and has become a traditional standby in landscapes because it is so versatile. It can be used in a wide variety of landscape applications.
We baby our Boxwood seedlings into well-rooted, commercial-grade shrubs for high performance. Each year, our expert growers carefully shape the tops for you.
We put a lot of time, love and expert care into our Boxwood plants. Order the largest container size we have available for the quickest visual results.
Please read on to learn more about the ongoing care. Provide the care requirements listed on the Plant Highlights for happy, noticeably faster-growing Boxwood shrubs.
Selecting Your New Boxwood Shrubs
Get to know your garden and see how much sun you can offer Boxwood shrubs. Then, study the Plant Highlights on every product page for the unique Box shrub care requirements.
Most Boxwoods grow in full sun, but some prefer partial shade. Selecting a site that fits these requirements is important.
If your Boxwood shrubs require full sun, choose a planting site that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. If your Boxwood cultivar prefers partial shade, give it at most four hours of sunlight a day.
Type in your Zip Code to see what USDA Hardiness Zone you live in. You'll see the Zone Finder above the Plant Highlights on every product page.
If you live in a cold winter USDA Hardiness Zone, choose hardy Box varieties. Wintergreen Boxwood is a great choice for Zone 4 and 5.
You might be looking for fast-growing Boxwoods to replace an old, dying shrub. Sprinter® Boxwood is a perfect choice for a fast growing Boxwood.
If you have a small lot or Roof Garden, Baby Gem Boxwood is a fantastic small Boxwood plant. It fits just right in containers and courtyards.
Love the look of those perfect green balls? Use rounded Green Gem Boxwood and keep it manicured for an amazing accent.
Winter Gem Boxwood makes a long, low hedge. The dark green foliage is striking year-round.
When to Plant Boxwood Shrubs
Spring and fall are the best times to plant woody Boxwood shrubs. But container-grown Boxwood shrubs can be transplanted throughout the growing season.
Nature Hills has been shipping live plants since 2001. We'll hold your winter order until the time is right for planting in spring.
If you see your favorite cultivar in stock on our site, place your order right away. We routinely have garden designers buy out entire inventories to complete their professional projects.
In very hot weather, we will often pause shipping to protect your beautiful plants. Caring for newly planted Boxwoods means keeping a close watch on watering during extreme temperatures.
Boxwood Bush Care Tips
When you get your new Boxwood shrub, open the box right away and water it well. Dig your planting hole no deeper than the pot, but twice as wide as the root ball.
Use Nature Hills Root Booster with these important landscape investments. This symbiotic formula gives life-long support for your plants.
Well-drained soils are important to keep your Boxwood healthy. Elevate your planting in a raised bed or planting mound to improve drainage.
During its growing phase, the Boxwood needs frequent watering. Adding a three-inch layer of mulch will help retain the soil moisture and keep it cool; then pull it back away from touching the stems.
Wait to fertilize Boxwoods shrubs until early spring, following directions on the label. Avoid applying fertilizer in late summer or fall, or you'll risk pushing tender new growth right before winter.
In late fall, be sure to water your Boxwood shrubs well. Hydrated foliage helps protect your plant against winter burn.
Boxwood isn't the preferred food of deer. However, no plant is truly deer resistant...apply Deer Repellent on the day you plant and reapply according to directions.
Choose the right Boxwood for your area, then provide proper ongoing care. Better to provide an ounce of prevention versus a pound of care!
How to Plant Boxwood Hedges
Use tighter spacing to create a solid row; and consider adding a second staggered row of Boxwood shrubs to fill in much faster. You'll love the fortified visual impact, too!
Subtract a foot from the mature spread on the Plant Highlights to determine how to plant Boxwood privacy hedges. Space out your plants by measuring from the center of the first to the center of the next.
Give a hedge good air circulation. Add extra room away from walls, fences or buildings for best results.
How to Shape Boxwood Bushes with Proper Pruning
Pruning Box shrubs is a rewarding experience. It's best to shear or prune Box shrubs during the first flush of growth in spring...with light cleanup in mid-season.
Clipped Boxwood bushes add structural style in formal settings. But did you know that you can also allow them to grow out as a natural, fluffy shrub for a relaxed, organic look?
Keeping your Boxwood natural has another benefit, too! This allows the tiny, nectar-rich white Boxwood flowers to make your local pollinator population very happy!
Some pruning must be done, however, to give shape and promote growth with access to both air circulation and sunlight.
Pruning keeps your Boxwood healthy, as all dead and diseased branches should be removed. Prune hard, fertilize and water well to revive a dying Boxwood shrub, and rejuvenate mature shrubs by removing several thick stems to ground level every few years.
Prune up your Boxwood tree with topiary techniques. Carve into the base, removing all but a selected main stem. Allow the canopy to grow out and maintain a perfect pom-pom on top.
Design Tips for Boxwood
Because of the various foliage colors and growth habits of this shrub, there are many sizes and color schemes to choose from. Highlight several cultivars together to create dynamic contrast and visual interest.
Boxwood shrubs are often planted in foundation plantings because of their unique growth pattern and dense, dark green foliage foliage. These shrubs can be grown alone or with other plants to beautify any area.
Landscapers often choose Boxwoods to enclose certain areas or separate one space from other. The tiny foliage, along with the dense texture, provides an excellent opportunity to shape these shrubs into beautiful forms and patterns.
Generally, Boxwood shrubs are used to make hedges and garden borders. Popular Boxwood shrubs make a wonderful accent or specimen planting, too.
Distylium and Barberry are considered alternatives, and you may hear them nicknamed "Red Boxwood shrubs". We also have a plethora of these hard-working plants for sale online...use all three to create ecologically-sound diversity in your landscape plantings.
Get creative with Boxwood! You'll be amazed how many ways you can use these exceptional shrubs throughout your yard.
Need help choosing just the right one? Email us at [email protected] or call our Nature Hills plant experts at 888.864.7663.
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