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April 9, 2012
pauli12 wrote:
what is this shrub?
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@barnhartgallery....Today in my nurseries plant travels I found the cultivar that you call "Mr. Bowling Ball"! It's not a Boxwood (Buxus) it's in the Arborvitae family. The latin name is Thuja occidentalis 'Bobazam' (Common name : Mr. Bowling Ball). Here's a link I really do think that in the photo the leaves look more boxwood to me. "Mr. Bowling Ball" has a different texture to it that what I see in the photo but that would be a similar globe shaped shrub.
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These are boxwoods, not arborvitae. I like boxwoods because the deer do not ever eat them! English boxwoods keep their shapes without trimming. However, you can trim them to keep them a certain size. I clip branches out of the bush so the light gets to the middle of the bush. Sheared boxwoods sometimes decline. I clip at Christmas time to create beautiful wreaths and garlands.
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June 28, 2012
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I love your work! Do ever hire gardners so that they can study under you?
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Annie Thornton added this to Give Your Small Garden Some Room
We can take ideas from topiary gardens of the past and just use evergreens trimmed into shapes that will unite the small garden design. Or look to famous gardens such as Vita Sackwell-West's Sissinghurst, where her white border is a great lesson on how to restrict planting to one color to unify a small space.
Topiary is the art of shaping plants into recognizable forms by pruning. In outdoor gardens, spherical shapes create a fanciful look. A collection of shaped evergreens gives a Dr. Seuss–like appeal to this space.
Boxwood(Buxus spp and cvs)Far from bland, fancy maples and skinny cypresses are nonetheless outshone by the king of them all, the boxwood (Buxus spp and cvs). Its naturally dense and rounded growth habit, as well as the small, leathery and dark green leaves, make the boxwood a tremendous choice for structure. Especially hardy and reliably trouble free, boxwoods of all sorts are shaped into balls and tiered topiaries, spirals and even animal shapes.
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European gardeners have been inviting the sphere into their traditional garden spaces for several hundred years. Notice how the ordinary boxwood (Buxus cvs, zones 5 to 9) takes on new meaning and purpose when pruned into a sphere. If you're not a boxwood fan, consider the Japanese false cypress 'Curly Tops' (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Curly Tops', zones 4 to 8), 'Mr. Bowling Ball' arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Bobozam', zones 3 to 8), the dwarf globe blue spruce (Picea pungens 'Globosa', zones 2 to 8) or the 'Dragon Prince' Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Dragon Prince', zones 5 to 9).

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Mr. Bowling Ball"! It's not a Boxwood (Buxus) it's in the Arborvitae family. The latin name is Thuja occidentalis 'Bobazam' (Common name : Mr. Bowling Ball). =deer resistant
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