Beautiful Boxwood

As I get used to having a home with a yard that needs landscaping I am starting to become more educated about plants and how to use them properly.  Being a busy person who doesn’t have the greenest of thumbs I constantly am looking for plants that make a big impact with as little maintenance as possible. Enter the boxwood.

I love the sculptural essence of this plant and the modern yet traditional vibe that boxwood can take based on how it’s potted and shaped. From using it in the yard to in pots by a front door, it’s the perfect way to fill your beds and outdoor space with big impact greenery. Here’s some inspiration…


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Here are some great planter choices to try for your patio or front of your home this spring!


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  1. I love boxwoods, especially when in gorgeous cast iron urns or planted on the path leading up to a front door! I’m currently trying to convince my husband to put some potted ones by our front door. He hates them–who hates boxwoods?! Well, he’s a weirdo who continues to plant desert-esque plants in our Atlanta yard. Happy planting!! Can’t wait to see what you do!

  2. Hah! Just planted a dozen of those little guys!! It dries wonderfully when used in decorating indoors, etc. franki

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  5. Girl, it is like you read my mind! We’ve been in our house for a year and this is the first wither of us have had a yard to landscape. I too love boxwoods and think they look fantastic in large planters!

  6. Thanks for this post! I am in the same boat with landscaping right now… we just planted a row of Japanese holly bushes that are very similar to boxwood, but have a darker green, shinier leaf and are heartier in the winter (they especially can tolerate having snow dumped on them, which boxwoods don’t like). Japanese holly also can be shaped like boxwood and fill in very nicely with you prune them, so they appear really lush. You might want to consider Japanese holly too :) I am thinking of transplanting a couple of my boxwoods into doorstep planters though, because they will be somewhat covered in the winter, and the color is lovely.

  7. Excellent post! Taming my wild, growing jungle is quite a challenge. I found this very inspirational. Thanks!

  8. I have 2 pairs of boxwoods that are transplants from Shirley Plantation (VA) in terra cotta pots on my brick front steps. The smaller pair are English and the larger, faster growing, are American. Something interesting that the ‘plant lady’ at Shirley told me when I bought them was to always prune and shape by breaking off by hand, to never use clippers. I have long forgotten her explanation for why but I’ve been following her advice for ~5 years and my boxwoods are certainly healthy and beautiful. Have fun with your gardening!

  9. I second what Ann said about hand pruning. It’s more costly than paying someone to come in with gas shears but pays off in the long run! My husband has a landscaping company and every summer he has this discussion with his new customers!

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  12. So timely! Have been mulling over a row behind my cottage and wish they came totally mature and hedged already. :) Southern Living has a lovely article on them as well this month with a gorgeous property in Virginia. They always look so classy. Love the planter options ~ grey seems to do them justice!!

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