Family garden in BarnesTraditional Landscape, London
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Boxwood. Buxus falls into RHS pruning group 8, the early-flowering evergreens that also include plants like camellia and Viburnum tinus.There’s a great deal of debate about when to prune boxwood, not least because of the disease problems now associated with it in the U.K. Some people say that cutting the tops to a 45-degree angle prevents blight from settling on a flat-topped hedge. And the good news is that boxwood, like holly and yew, will regrow from bare wood; it’ll look unsightly until the following spring but will then resprout with fresh new shoots. Dipping your shears’ blades into diluted bleach will also help prevent any disease from spreading.For young, newly planted hedges, cut back in May to encourage new bushy growth. Prune back the new season’s growth when it’s about 4 inches long. For older, established hedges, you can cut in May or June, but any adverse weather conditions, such as scorching heat or late frosts, may affect young growth, allowing disease to enter. For this reason, you may prefer to prune them in August or September, when any new growth has hardened off.
10. Include some curves. If a square plot feels too linear for your liking, introduce organic curves and an element of fun with circular boxwood hedges like these. A similar effect could be created using circular flower beds or four oversize round planters.
Start with a parterre. A parterre is vital to contemporary interpretations of formal gardens. In 17th-century gardens, parterres filled the flat areas immediately surrounding the house. The parterre developed from the Tudor knot garden, becoming more exuberant with stylized designs created from low boxwood (Buxus spp) hedging. Sand or gravel surrounded central beds that were filled with either low plantings or colored gravel. This front garden in London features round boxwood parterres surrounding textural shrubs and herbs. A taller hedge encloses the garden, which sits on a gravel base.