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Boxwood, always chic


Green all year round, boxwood recalls the elegance of French gardens. As a border to structure the garden or as an isolated in a worked form, it is making a remarkable comeback.

A time reserved for the topiaries of the castles, the boxwood is everywhere today. It is often found in pots, in the form of a neat ball intended to adorn the balconies of city dwellers in need of greenery. It must be said that in addition to remaining bright all year round, boxwood is resistant to pollution.

In the garden, it settles on the edge of alleys, surrounds the vegetable garden and the flower beds, or gives rhythm to the lawn with its various shapes: ball, pyramid, obelisk, spiral ... It goes very well with old roses, clematis , honeysuckle and light flowers like lavender.

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Try your hand at the art of topiaries

What makes boxwood so suitable for topiary art is its dense, persistent, slow growing foliage (10 cm per year). This slowness explains the high price of pruned boxwood: it takes about 5 years to obtain a ball and a good ten years for a pyramid!

Unless you are patient, it is therefore better to invest in a boxwood that is a few years old and has already been pruned. You will then only have to equalize it at the end of winter and summer. On a balcony, remember to turn the pot regularly, in order to promote harmonious growth.

If you want to sculpt an uncut subject, know that a round shape is easier to achieve than a straight line. Use a half-moon cardboard template or sticks to guide your shears. If you want a more eccentric shape, there are wire mesh animal models to put in your boxwood before cutting out the excess.

Good care of the boxwood

The boxwood supports all soil, provided it is well drained. Install it in spring or fall, in partial shade, and straw in summer. If it is a border, place your plants close together (20cm apart) to compensate for their poor growth.

In a pot, plant it in a balanced mixture of potting soil, garden soil and sand. Water regularly and add fertilizer in the spring.

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