Growing guide

How to grow box

This popular and versatile evergreen shrub is mainly grown as low hedging to edge beds or as topiary shapes. It suits almost any style of garden, from modern minimalist to traditional formal parterres. Due to its small evergreen leaves and dense growth, it’s ideal for creating neat geometric shapes and is often clipped into balls, cones and spirals.

Quick facts

  • Easy to grow
  • Evergreen shrub or hedge
  • Often clipped into topiary shapes
  • Small, glossy, green leaves
  • Grows in sun or shade
  • Trim into shape in August
  • Make new plants by taking cuttings

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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