Boxwood Growth Over Time

Boxwood, Q and A

This is a two part post in response to a comment left a few weeks ago by a reader. Kim’s question was two fold, first how long before her tiny boxwoods would grow to create a hedge. And second to recommend plants to use between a boxwood border and hydrangea. I hope this helps you out Kim and would love to see after photos!

Boxwood Growth Over Time:
There are a few rules with planting boxwoods for optimal growth. First check the rate of growth for the species you are planting. A species like Buxus ‘Faulkner’ is a medium grower in full sun and should be planted with a 2′ center. While slower growers like Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ are much smaller and should be planted on 1’6″ to 2′ centers. Next, boxwoods like cool roots so mulch with 2″ of leaf compost/mulch.

The final variables on growth will depend on sun exposure, water and the organic matter in the soil, but below is a time lapse between 2005 to 2011 of boxwoods I planted here in Central Ohio. (The boxwoods used are Buxus ‘Faulkner’).

Here are the Boxwoods planted in 2005.
Later in the season in 2005.
Here are the boxwoods from 2008.
Between 2005 and 2008, we trimmed the top and fronts to encourage horizontal growth. 
Another view in 2008. 
And finally, here are the boxwoods in 2011, completely hedged together. 
Another view from 2011. 

Green, White, Silver and Purple:
I think this is a classic color combination for the garden, and even use it in my own landscape. It works well with almost any type of house style and depending on the plants used can go traditional to modern. For Kim’s particular landscape I recommend Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ for the pop of purple flower and silver blue foliage. Also you can plant Alliums for some spring flowers. Both of these grow well in Central Ohio, however the alliums require full sun.

Photo of Nepeta.
Image from Flickr.
Photo of  Nepeta.
Image from Flickr
You could also use English Lavender, however in Central Ohio it is not a long living perennial.
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Spring Allium bloom. You can also get alliums in white.