Hello, I plan on planting boxwoods in an area of our yard this fall. I would like to plant the variety of boxwood that is small and grows about a foot high. I would like to trim them in designs, the shape of a V. Can you please tell me which variety to use? I did not realize there were so many different varieties available until I visited a nursery near my home. I appreciate if you can give me some suggestions. Thank you! Murph
I think you'll agree if you want to shape something it should be something that grows well....fast...so you can keep clipping to make the shape you have in mind. Without being a Mr Scissorhands, unless you want to take forever to obtain any kind of shape, boxwoods that grow only a foot or so high is not the variety that would lend itself to shape anytime soon.
I'm sure the nursery guy can better advise on the best variety of box that would better suit your aim.
Might I suggest you look at a variety of yew that also can be clipped to shape.
Murph, just last week PBS did a story on the famous garden around Windsor Castle in England. It showed a number of raised and otherwise garden areas and most were surrounded by "BOX" evergreens which also were clipped into shapes. It did show that there are particular varieties of this evergreen that is suitable for shape-clipping.