Cultivate boxwood, manual
This shrub evergreen botanical language, that is always green, seduced by its aestheticism and its hardiness! It is not for nothing that we regularly come across in gardens, parks, on balconies … Here are some practical tips that will guide you in its implementation and its formatting.
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This evergreen shrub has a long service life. The only downside: it grows slowly. Its port is compact and has small leathery leaves. easily is found in traditional gardens or french or foreign contemporaries in areas with temperate climate. Throughout the seasons, enjoy its lovely dark green foliage.
A wide variety of box exists from Europe and temperate Asia.
Buxus sempervirens or common boxwood, the most common, rustic, withstand heat and frosts. It can measure up to nine meters high.
Here are some cultivars like Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ ideal for borders. Its port is very dense and bushy and does not exceed approximately 35 cm.
Buxus sempervirens ‘Vardar Valley’ very rustic, form a mound or pyramid.
Buxus sempervirens ‘Marginata’, has an original plume leaves fringed with yellow leaves and Buxus sempervirens’Argenteovariegata‘ fringed with white sheets.
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A grow easily
This plant is resistant and rustic. It has no special requirements, she loves the sun, shade and ordinary soils. Each year, renew their land by bringing new nutrients (compost).
Here, this contemporary lines Layouts works pretty well. The asymmetric lawn edges fit very well with boxwood odds ball ordered. The white gravel is the relationship of the composition.
Usually in the fall or spring, it is important to dig a hole deep enough and wide for the roots of the shrub can sit comfortably. If the roots are visible, the planting hole is not deep enough. Mix your land potting soil and tamp firm ground when covering the plant. A watering the earth will automatically decrease. Water thoroughly after planting.
Water your plant two times a week. Depending on the season and the region, the frequency of watering will vary.
If your box has a withered and yellow foliage, is that lack of water. Water regularly, especially during the summer period, preferably in the evening or early morning. If you are unsure about the dosage of your watering, touch your land to see if it is dry or wet.
A short regular size does not displeases the box. Of planting, size is necessary for its smooth development. In spring, the first size is called the formation of size and can last three years. It will give it its final shape and fortify. Then each year, in May and September, two other sizes will be.
Tools to use: the secateurs, shears in hand, or lopper.
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Form a hedge
It will be perfect to dress up an entrance or a large flat surface. Symmetry and rigor are out. To have a nice little edge, choose a small box, about 15 cm high, and plant your plants at a distance of 10 to 20 cm. While for higher edge, 30 to 40 cm high, a distance of 30 cm is necessary. For a hedge space them 60cm.
Trim your hedges to give cachet to your garden
In pots or in the ground
Boxwood is not difficult: it is merely a well-drained soil. To avoid root rot, as is often the case for pots, check they are pierced at their base, otherwise the evacuation of water will be blocked and will stagnate.
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Solid and / or alignment
All combinations are possible, all depends on the effect you want to give your exterior. When planting, space your plants about 1.50 m, if you want separated plants.
Boxwood is a plant that can be taillee in extravagant shapes! Here several bushes are assembled to achieve a living sofa. In the gardens of the chateau de Versailles, near Paris, you will find beautiful specimens of sculpted shrubs in amazing geometric shapes.
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Here the box is accompanied by a laurel sauce that was size in the same way as the box tree ball. The effect is amazing! Other plants are used as the cypress or yew (conifers) and even the strawberry tree in Mediterranean region.
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