One of the most popular hedging plants, the English Box (Buxus sempervirens) is an evergreen, hardy and frost tolerant small to medium size hedge. They are often used to create a formal garden, clipped to all shapes of topiaries and also suitable for pots.


How to grow English Box in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
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How to grow English Box in a pot

  1. Choose a pot with adequate drainage holes. English Box can be grown in very small pots if kept regularly clipped. The larger you intend for the plant to grow, the bigger the pot required. Gradually pot up every year or so. 
  2. Position in full sun or part shade and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Make sure the soil is well draining.

  • Water regularly until plants are establish - this may take 6-9 months.

  • Prune regularly to keep the desired shape, we suggest twice a year in Spring and Autumn to avoid sunburn over the summer months.

  • English Box prefers slightly alkaline soil, try adding some Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime to maintain a soil pH reading of about pH 7.5.

  • Potted topiary may need to be re-potted every 2-3 of years.

  • The suggested planting interval is 4 per meter (25cm spacing).

  • There are also dwarf box available for compact dense borders, planting interval is 15cm spacing for dwarf form.

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Yates Premium Potting Mix

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