Boxwoods have a reputation for being boring. Just the same look all year long. Flowers too small to notice. No berries in the winter. Just an evergreen bush. Little leaves. Nothing flashy, nothing thrilling.
Poor boxwoods. They aren't boring! They are reliable. Always there. Always green. Shallow roots, so they can take quite a bit of water, yet drought tolerant at the same time. Can be left natural, trimmed into hedges, or shaped into topiary. How can that be boring?
I have always dreamed of having a garden with miles of boxwood hedges. Boxwoods are classic, simple, timeless. I wanted that timeless look in my garden. So I planted boxwood.
The first year I planted them, I was worried they would never fill in. I trim them twice a year, and as I was trimming them this year, I realized - next year they will be completely filled in! Wahoo! But, in gardening, as in life, there is always a problem.
Not only have the boxwoods grown, but so have the trees I planted in this bed. So my idea of a butterfly garden edged in boxwood is turning into a shade garden edged in boxwood. Mostly the boxes are just empty. But still, my beautiful boxwood boxes are lovely to me. And one day I'll find just the perfect plant to fill in the boxes. Just no promises exactly when that will be! Be patient, little boxwoods.
I also have boxwoods planted around rose standards. And along the back windows. And around the raised beds in the new east area. And in the pond area. And I have plans for more! Can you detect a trend? Oh, yeah, I love boxwoods!
My garden would not be the same without this evergreen backbone. Ah, boxwood - you're not boring, you're the best!
Do you have boxwood in your garden?