It’s no surprise that boxwood is America’s favorite shrub–it’s a landscape and garden designer’s dream. Hardy, versatile, and typically fuss free, it looks fantastic in hedges and accents, containers and topiary.
With so many to choose from, how do you select the right one for your garden’s needs? While it’s always helpful to start with your local garden center, we asked top landscapers and garden designers from around the lower 48 states to share their picks for what works well in their climate. Here’s what they told us. (If you don’t see your region or you need a specific recommendation leave a comment below. We will be updating this over the next few weeks as more information arrives. Check back!)
“Winter Gem Boxwood is one of my favorite choices for both accents and edging beds. This shrub holds it’s color nicely in the winter months and tolerates the dramatic changes in temperature and humidity that are common in New England. It is also unpalatable to marauding deer, an absolute necessity for many of my clients. Winter Gem takes shearing quite well and is easy to maintain as discrete spheres and cones or as a low continuous hedge.”–Andrew Grossman, Seekonk, MA, Andrew Grossman Landscape Design
“Our go-to boxwood to create a small hedge is Faulkner Boxwood (shown). It’s hardy, keeps its size, and does well in clay soil – which is very important here in Georgia and other places in the South and Southeast. Our go-to boxwood to accent a space is Green Tower® Boxwood; This B. sempervirens is a classic addition to any Southern garden. But note, it doesn’t like wet feet, so you may need to amend the soil.” — Doug Scott and Holly Brooks, Atlanta, GA (redeeemyourground.com)