Boxwood topiaries are relatively easy to care for and have long been a favorite of gardening and landscape enthusiasts and professionals alike. Lending a stately or even formal aura to even the most casual setting, Boxwood topiaries speak volumes about the specific character of both garden and gardener. A deep green, lush, malleable shrub that can be easily sculpted into a wide variety of shapes and sizes, the Boxwood topiary grows equally well in boxes or planters, or in a free-standing location in a garden setting.
Boxwood topiaries require well watered soil with adequate drainage. Planting them in areas where soil remains moist yet drained will yield the ideal result. Soils that retain standing water or are easily drenched will destroy Boxwood topiary roots and cause the planting to fail. Depending on the average size of the new Boxwood topiary planting, space new plants approximately six to twelve inches apart, yet close to the surface, packing the soil in firmly around each new planting. Add fertilizer to the soil after planting to give the new Boxwood plenty of nourishment.
Be sure to water new Boxwood topiaries frequently. Be aware that high winds can damage leaves and provide adequate coverage from wind and frost. If shaping is desired, this can be achieved with a pair of garden shears available at any commercial or neighborhood nursery or hardware store. Boxwood topiary plants respond extremely well to pruning and shaping and regular pruning activity encourages new growth. Pruning is also vital to ensure adequate air circulation between the dense inner branches of this enthusiastic grower. To avoid damage to the Boxwood topiary, do not prune too close to cooler weather, when frost can damage newly shorn extremities. Boxwood topiaries are hardy plants and can withstand most garden perils, but is susceptible to the leaf miner and may require a pesticide spray for protection.