While we love the round shape, you can train this plant into any shape you like. Let your topiary imagination run wild.
Haircuts - To keep the neat ball shape this plant will need a light trim at the end of summer. Use sharp secateurs.
Moist soil - Letting it dry out can lead to crispy leaves, so try to make sure the soil stays lightly moist.
A shady spot - This plant is happiest in either full or partial shade. If you place in intense sun it’s likely to dry out quickly.
height 40 - 50cm pot 29cm
The box is grown in gardens around the world because its dense foliage makes it perfect for hedging. With enough patience and trimming it can be grown into any shape imaginable. All those wild topiary sculptures you see in fancy gardens? They’re box. This one has been trimmed to a cute ball shape. It looks great lining paths, either side of a doorway, or smartly arranged on a balcony or patio.
Box grows natively across many parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. In the wild it might grow up to 9 metres tall (it grows in a general tree shape, rather than anything unusually sculptural). It’s an evergreen, so it will keep its leaves year-round, and in summer it should grow some small, highly-scented yellow flowers.
It’s a slow grower, so it should keep its round shape without too much upkeep. If needed, give it a trim toward the end of summer, when it’s finished its year growth spurt. If you want it to grow more quickly, a feed once per month in spring and summer will give it a boost
Did you know?
Because the box grows so slowly, its wood is extra hard and greatly prized for making furniture.