Buxus ‘Rococo’ (Buxus Microphylla ‘Rococo’) is a less familiar dwarf growing Box variety that most gardeners may not have heard of before. It is a type of Japanese box (the same family as ‘Faulkner’) and has tiny evergreen leaves, almost like a miniature Japanese Holly.
Rococo is a dense and compact plant with very bushy growth and is becoming increasingly acknowledged as the closest replacement for the traditional Dwarf Box, (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ – which we no longer stock due to its susceptibility) that has been decimated by box blight in recent years. ‘Rococo’ is noted by several sources as having a promising level of resistance to Cylindrocladium blight and has a suitable habit of growth for the smallest hedges and edgings from 15cm up to around 60cm in height, ideally with a rounded top as this little Buxus likes to grow into a cloud shape naturally.
Box hedges will grow in any well prepared soil that has good drainage. When planting they appreciate the incorporation of organic matter like well-rotted manure or compost together with an annual spring mulch of organic material to counter dry spells of weather. Box is a surface rooting plant and will appreciate a cool moist root run. To keep the foliage healthy and dark green, use a seaweed fertiliser each spring that is naturally high in magnesium, and your dwarf box hedge will stay in tip top condition.
As with all box varieties, we recommend you trim Buxus ‘Rococo’ in early summer, choose a dry breezy day so that the cut edges dry quickly preventing the ingress of fungal spores. Rococo grows 5-10cm per year and therefore is a low maintenance plant.
You may also like to consider other varieties in our Box hedging range, we have the Common, Faulkner, Golden and Variegated types in a wide range of sizes.
We offer generous quantity discounts for all our Dwarf Box hedge plants and free delivery on all orders over £50 (ex VAT).
For any other questions about Dwarf Box hedging please do give our experienced sales team a call on 01580 765600.
We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.