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  • common box
  • Eventual height: 5m
  • Eventual spread: 5m

Buxus sempervirens

common box

Perfect for pollinators £8.99
Pot size 1.5lt pot 15-20cm
1.5lt pot 15-20cm
  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil, including chalky
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

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    Common box makes a fabulous formal hedge for a partially shady site, forming a dense, evergreen screen of small, rounded, lustrous, dark green leaves. One of our recommended plants, it's an excellent backdrop for traditional herbaceous borders.

    Box is happy growing in a sunny spot but the combination of dry soil and full sun may encourage poor growth and leaf scorching. If you have sandy soil, it is best to keep it in a partially shady spot in the garden.

  • Garden care: For maximum results plant 30cm (12in) apart in well-prepared, fertile soil and water regularly until well established. Ensure that the soil or compost is never allowed to dry out. Carefully trim plants grown as hedges or topiary in mid- or late summer. Carry out rejuvenative pruning in late spring. After pruning apply a top-dressing of a balanced slow-release fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone (organic) or Osmocote (inorganic) around the base of the plant, ensuring that none touches the leaves or stems.

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