Box hedges are a common sight. And for a good reason. These bushes are one of the most popular in the United Kingdom for their hardy nature. Being one of the rare native evergreens, this hedging plant is preferred by Derwen Wholesale customers for formal low hedges and topiary.
About the Box Hedge
Box hedge, or the buxus sempervirens, is a bush with small, dark green, glossy and leathery leaves, which give a sweet smell. The small leaves create a dense shrub which makes it easy to be trimmed and create classic topiary shapes like ball and cone.
The buxus hedge sprouts small, beautiful, tufty yellow flowers in late winter. While it may be a slow-growing hedge with a growth rate of about 10 to 15 cm per year, it is highly resistant to the weather in the UK, can grow in shade as well as in most soils, including chalk. So if you‘re looking for a robust low-growing hedge, box hedges are a great choice.
Planting Tips for the box hedge
- Autumn and spring are ideal seasons to plant the boxwood hedge;
- For better air circulation, mulch around the sapling, leaving some inches around the stem;
- Plant at a rate of five plants per metre;
- Incorporate Dingle Nursery Compost to help your shrub get a good start. It contains a slow release feed;
- Keep the soil moist but make sure that it does not get waterlogged;
- Trim the bushes in late spring, preferably with hand shears. Keep the shears parallel to the surface of the bush while trimming;
Pricing of Box Hedges
The boxwood hedge is quite affordable, with the cheapest options starting from £1.44 at Derwen Wholesale. We offer the rootballed buxus, 2L and 3L pots Buxus and rootballed pallets for hedges as well as the ball and cone shapes for topiary.
It is worth mentioning here that while the topiary is not cheap, the work that goes behind creating the shape and maintaining the plant is extensive. The topiary plants are very mature and have been meticulously cared for, for several years. In addition to this, every single topiary pot requires regular repotting, feeding, watering and weeding. Not to mention up to 30 separate trims to create a good topiary shape ready to be handed over to a new owner.
Why Choose the Box Hedge?
If you’re on the edge of deciding whether or not to choose the box hedge, consider these benefits into account:
- Low maintenance (needs only one or two trimmings per year);
- Can grow in full shade;
- Can grow in almost all types of soils, except for poorly drained soil;
- Native species;
- Drought-resistant—can sustain on low water;
- It is the only hedging plant available in a root balled form throughout the year;
- It is an evergreen species;
- It can be used as a medium hedging screen as well as a low border in your garden.
Here at the Derwen Wholesale, we offer various sizes of box hedging plants that you can choose from. If you wish to learn more about the boxwood hedge or other low growing hedges, talk to one of our experts at (01938) 553015 or shop online!