Buxus or boxwoods are wondeful evergreen shrubs popularly used as ground cover or hedging plants. They are great companions to achilleas, asters and cosmoses.
Plant in any fertile, well-drained soil. They prefer partial shade, but will tolerate full sun. Keep trimmed in summer.
Always unpack and store in a cool place until ready to plant. Take care! Their sap is a strong irritant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
- Box suckers: these sap-eating bugs like to feed on shoot tips and leaves in the spring. Luckily damage tends to be superficial.
- Red spider mites: these tiny sap-eating mites cause leaves to become mottled with pale spots. In extreme cases, affected plants may shed leaves and potentially perish. Since red spider mites thrive in dry, hot weather, regularly spray foliage with water to discourage any attacks and keep an eye out for tiny mites, eggs and cobwebs. Dispose of any deceased plant material and debris before spring to prevent risks of infestation.
- Box blight: this bacterial disease is usually seen as sooty growths or spots on the leaves — these will turn brown with a yellow margin before eventually dying. Remove and destroy any affected material.