Common Box or Buxus sempervirens is one of the most popular low hedging species, its small oval shaped rounded leaves and versatile bushy habit, making it the perfect subject for small hedges or edgings, not to mention all kinds of topiary.
While Common Box is usually used for small hedges (under 100cm or so), it will grow steadily at 10-15cm per year into much larger hedges of several metres high.
Common Box hedges will thrive in any soil that has good drainage, they appreciate good soil preparation and the generous addition of organic matter, especially on thinner sandy or chalky soils. An annual mulch in Spring will make them more resilient to longer dry spells of weather, while promoting good general plant health and strong growth.
An annual spring feed with a high magnesium fertiliser is also beneficial (seaweed based fertilisers are ideal), and will keep the plants in tip top condition and a lovely dark green colour.
Box hedges and topiary are traditionally trimmed on Derby day in early June, so try and choose a dry and breezy day so the cut edges dry quickly. Hand shears are better than a hedge trimmer giving a neater finish with fewer cut edges.
Planting distances for a new Box hedge are very much a matter of personal preference, as a guide we recommend 3-6 plants per metre depending on your chosen plant size. Although you can space them a little further apart, they will just take a little longer to knit together.
We grow all our potted Common Box hedge plants here on the nursery so you are always assured of fresh stock, selected from our growing beds and despatched to you the same day.
We have an unrivalled range of sizes to suit all budgets, generous quantity discounts and free delivery on orders over £50 (ex VAT).
If you have any questions concerning pot grown Common Box hedging please do not hesitate to contact our experienced sales team on 01580 765600.