The Box hedge plant (Buxus sempervirens) is the ideal species for formal low hedges or borders as well as being a classic topiary plant.

Buxus sempervirens (Box hedging, also known as ‘Boxwood’) is a native, shade tolerant plant that is suitable for most soil types and sites other than wet or windy sites.

It is a versatile, classic hedge favoured by many people for its dense and verdant appearance. Due to its slow growth it is also very manageable in terms of upkeep and is easily trimmed and kept to a desired shape, often providing a lovely, green privacy screen if grown to height.

Because of its versatility and appearance, Box hedging gives a universal appeal in both urban and large formal garden situations and may be used to great effect for borders, partitions, green walling (think mazes and pathways) and even beautiful and intricate parterre knotwork gardens.

Buxus sempervirens has dense, small, round, dark evergreen leaves with an average growth rate of approx 10-15cm p.a. It should be trimmed in late spring with hand shears if possible, keeping the blade of the shears parallel to the hedge surface.

Planting Conditions

Suitable for normal, clay and chalk soils, planted in full sun to full shade and inland, coastal or exposed sites

Growth Rate

Slow growing, expect up to 10cm per year


Easily maintained at 0.5-1.5m

Box Hedging at Bumbles

We have some great deals on box hedging here at Bumbles, with 9cm pot plants at £1.99 each or 10 or more at £1.75 each and 20 cm height plants at £4.99 each or 10 or more at £4.50 each – if you have a requirement for a large amount of plants, do call us for appropriate pricing and deals (prices correct September 2019, subject to change).

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