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Friday Favorite: Boxwood

May 3rd, 2013

If you remember, two year ago I finally realized my garden dream of planting a boxwood hedge. Fast forward 8 months and we started looking to move to Maine. Lucky for us, the new owners of our house in Ohio told me I could take whatever plants I wanted. I spent an hour digging up all the boxwood and loaded them on our moving truck.
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They were nestled snuggly in our main garden in early December and crossed my fingers hoping them survive.
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They all survived the winter beautifully, though they did get a little wind burn (this means I need to plant wind breaks to protect that garden space). Now that it’s time to plant the main garden, I need to figure out where these beauties will wend up. Most likely, they’ll be put in a nursery area and be moved to their final resting place this fall or next spring.
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Even though boxwood doesn’t bloom and isn’t show, there’s a definite classic beauty about it. There’s something so traditional and grounding in a long row of these beautiful shrubs.

What’s your favorite shrub?

6 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Boxwood”
  1. Marina C on May 3, 2013 at 6:10 am

    If I have to have favorite, it would be Ekianthus, a lovely, not too tall, slow growing shrub that has the nicest hanging clumps of flowers shaped like Lily of the Valley bells with the finest stripes on them.
    You might be interested in how Kevin Lee Jacobs created his formal rose garden all done from cutting of his purchased boxwood.
    Happy planting!

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  2. Peggy on May 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

    My favorite shrubs would be boxwood and forsythia! They both remind me of our first few years of marriage and bring back many a happy memory of our new life together and our young family!

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  3. Janine @ RusticKitchen on May 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I’m also a fan of boxwood and put six into a sheltered area near our house in Michigan. This spring I’m getting a selection of mock orange – I had a wildly overgrown one years ago and every June it snowed white.

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  4. amy s on May 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I love wintergem boxwood. I also love ninebark but that’s not considered a shrub is it?

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  5. Deb on May 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Do you have to prune them? I hate anything like shrubs that have to be pruned 2-3 times year. I like things that need little maintenance as I ahve no time to waste on something that doesn’t give me food. Glad yours survived for you with little damage.

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  6. Beth K on May 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I never had any experience with boxwood until we moved here. I have learned that I love them. I am very sad that we have to remove the 2 bushes between the house and the garage and they’re too large for us to be able to transplant them. I will definitely be purchasing some to plant one of these days!
    Lilacs and butterfly bushes are some of my very favorites, but I enjoy most any flowering shrub. :-)

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