Boxwood Shrub - Page 2
One reason homeowners like boxwood shrubs is that they are easy to trim into desired shapes such as seen in topiary. The trimmed branches can be used in holiday decorating, such as in wreaths. For formal hedges, topiary and similar uses, look for a slow growing variety with a dense growing habit. Some of these plants also feature variegated leaves, with gold streaks or white outlining for a very stunning look. Boxwood has flowers but they are inconspicuous.
There are a number of problems that can arise with boxwoods. One of them is that you can damage the roots if you dig too close to the plant because they have a shallow root system. The roots are also delectable to rodents, so be sure to eradicate the gophers and moles in your yard for best results. As previously mentioned, some varieties have difficulty staying green in windy locations.
One good hardy variety that can survive in such a condition is called "Green Mountain. It grows to a manageable three to five feet and can be used in hedges or as specimen plants in landscaping. One new way people are using boxwood is to create outdoor rooms. By planting hedges creatively you can increase your living space in a fun way.
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