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Martha Stewart
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Long boxwood border

Boxwood (or Buxus) is one of my favorite garden plants. It is prized for its lustrous green leaves and as an essential design for both formal and informal gardens. There are many types suitable for almost any garden situation. I’ve been making good use of them for edging a parterre herb garden, in containers, as specimen plants, making a wonderful “boxwood room” and creating a long lane to my stables.

I keep my shrubs happy and healthy with even moisture, regular mulching with compost to feed the roots, and careful pruning so that they are well-groomed at all times. Here’s a look at the various ways I’ve used boxwood at my Bedford farm. Send us your favorite ways to use boxwood.

Grouped boxwoods

Boxwoods grouped together help to define different ‘areas’ of the garden.


Shearing boxwoods

Boxwoods need regular shearing to help keep their structural form.


Boxwoods define entry to stable

Groupings of boxwoods of different sizes are used to define the entry to the stable.


Boxwoods create privacy on patio

A thick hedge of boxwoods helps to give this patio a more secluded feeling.






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