I adore boxwood. It’s elegant, evergreen, and — when established — drought-tolerant. Of course, it’s also hideously expensive! But you can have a formal Buxus hedge without breaking the bank. Here’s how:
When I made my rose garden — a former parking lot — in the spring of 2005, I could afford only enough boxwood to roughly outline the geometric beds. To fill in between plants, I took cuttings from my purchased stock, and rooted these directly in the ground.
Can you guess what happened?
How I propagate boxwood:
And plunge the stems directly into the ground. Firm the soil around them. Boxwood will grow in any decent soil, but it will grow faster in earth which has been loosened and amended with leaf mold or compost. You needn’t worry about soil pH.
The stems pictured above were planted in April, 2014. They made a charming “frame” for the four beds in my tiny herb garden.
Keep the cuttings moist, and they will grow roots in as little as six weeks.
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As I write this, the stems in my herb garden — four months after planting — are teeming with new growth. Alas, since they were planted so closely together, I’ll have to thin them out next year.
What to do with the surplus?
Well, I honestly don’t know. Probably I should sell them to a high-end nursery, and become a millionaire. If you’ve ever priced boxwood, you’ll know I’m not exaggerating. By much.
Well, I hope I’ve inspired you to propagate your own boxwood. The famous boxwood gardens at Hidcote, England, Villa Lante, Italy, and Valley View (near Carterville), Georgia, were all started from cuttings. So you’ll be in darned-good company!
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