Best box alternatives: selection

The challenges of box blight and box tree caterpillar mean many gardeners are looking to planting alternative shrubs to create low hedges and topiary specimens. We asked professional gardeners, our advisors, the gardening public and members of the RHS which evergreen alternatives to box they have been planting and how they have been performing. The results have helped inform this list of the best box alternatives found so far.

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