Types of Boxwood Plants

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The different types of boxwood plants, which include English boxwood, Japanese boxwood and Green Mountain boxwood, like different climates but are all great for borders or hedges. Find the right boxwood appropriate for the climate with information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardens.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about the different types of boxwoods. Now, boxwoods are really wonderful plants, because they make a wonderful border, or a hedge, or you can even vine them together, and make a knot garden with them, but they're beautiful, and there's so many different varieties, and they're lush and green, and they're very forgiving. You can always trim them back down,and they'll grow new growth, and fill right in. Now, this is just a true dwarf boxwood. It's a smaller variety of boxwood, that doesn't get very tall, so it's really, really pretty, but there's different varieties as well, so the most popular type of boxwood, is the English boxwood, and it has a pyramid shape, and dense, lush dark green foliage, and you want to put them in full sun, and you don't really need to prune them much, just kind of cut out some of the brown leaves here and there, and they're hardy in zones 5-8, so they'll grow in many different areas. Now, Japanese boxwoods, are beautiful as well, but they have a light green with rounded leaves, and really dense growth, and they're great when they're made into a hedge, or when they're left unpruned, they kind of have a wild look, and they're really beautiful that way, and they're a much more drought tolerant, and heat tolerant, than the English boxwood. If you live in a little warmer climate, they're a better choice than the English boxwood, but there's many other types of boxwoods too. There's the Green Mountain boxwood, which is really a fast growing boxwood, and it has, really it's dense with bright green leaves, and it has color through the winter, which is great, and it's more cone shaped, if you leave it unpruned. It just kind of grows a little bit like a cone, so there's many different types of boxwoods, that you can grow, and by just doing some research, and asking at your local garden center, or farmer's market, you can find the perfect boxwood for your garden.


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