Box or Boxwood
Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today they remain popular, especially with the resurgence of Tuscan and Victorian landscape styles. One of the key components of these formal designs is low, clipped hedges that edge the geometric patterns or shapes. These are often referred to as box or boxed hedges. Careful selection of the right plant types for the scale and size of the garden and the climatic conditions are paramount to successful formal hedging. The following selection includes all the most suitable subjects for a broad range of South African garden conditions. For further information on your particular area, consult with your local garden centre or nursery.
The evergreen Boxwood has small, oblong shaped leaves that are a shiny, mid-green colour. It bears green to yellow flowers in spring that remain largely insignificant. It grows in full sun and reasonably dense shade. Plants should be spaced at 35 cm intervals and the recommended height to which it should be grown is 35 to 50 cm, with a suggested base width of 25 to 35 cm. It has a low growth rate and grows best in cold, temperate climates.