The bare rooted box hedge season is over, but don’t worry, they come in pots too. Gardeners from all over Melbourne are still pouring into our nursery and ringing the phones off the hook to buy box hedging plants. So I’ve gone wild and sourced thousands of box plants to satisfy the demand, and instead of raising the prices, I’ve decided to lower them!
We’ve got English Box, Dutch Box, Japanese/Korean Box, Tom Thumb, Box Leaved Privet and our special BoxOz hedging plants.
Choosing Your Box
With so many varieties to choose from when selecting a box hedge, the choice can be difficult. Here’s a guide to choosing the right box hedge for your conditions, to ensure a great healthy border or hedge.
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Box Hedging Specials
English Box (Buxus sempivirens)
The advantages of English Box hedge and border is that it only requires one or two trimmings per year. It needs very little water and it grows in almost any soil, except for a very heavy or poorly drained soil. English Box grows in full sun through to the very deepest shade. In fact English Box will grow with no direct sunlight. English Box is the best of the low borders when you have a border that is partly in full sun and partly in deep shade.
If the traditional English Box border isn’t your thing then try our 3ft standard English Box for only $109.90 or the 2ft standard English Box for only $89.90! Mix up your English Box Hedge and make it stand out by adding our 50cm tall Englsih Box at $59.90 great for topiary, shaping into a perfect ball or cone.
BoxOz (BoxOz lonicera)
BoxOz Lonicera has been specially developed by Chris & Marie’s, and is our exclusive hedging plant. It has a deeper green foliage, a denser finish and more clearly defined shape than the traditional Englsih Box.
BoxOz Lonicera is the best plant with which to create your perfect hedge or border as it grows quickly and once your hedge has developed its easy to maintain with only a few trimmings a year. New shoots are soft and easy to cut and trimming is an effortless relaxing experience.
Some traditional hedging plants grow only an inch or two a year. BoxOz Lonicera will produce a calf high border in under twelve months, a knee high hedge in around 18 months, and a waist high hedge in 30 months. Almost any soil is suitable, as long as it is not too swampy. Fertilise your BoxOz Lonicera occasionally with a complete fertiliser, and water as required.
Box Leaf Privet (Ligustrum undulatum)
Box Leaf Privet is one of the most popular as it grows all year round, it will grow in almost any soil or conditions and if it is kept trimmed it looks as good or better than English Box. Box Leaved Privet love hot sunny positions, they don’t do well in a shady corner, and almost any soil as long as it is moderately well drained.
To create a dense bushy low hedge or border you only need to plant 4 plants per metre. Box Leaf Privet loves plenty of water, regular fertilising and regular trimming, given these are provided, you will find that you can create a dense fine traditional or English Box style border in just one full growing season with very little cost.
Dutch Box (Buxus sempervirens “Suffruticosa”)
Dutch Box likes full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soils and conditions. It should be clipped to maintain a formal shape.
Japanese or Korean Box (Buxus microphylla)
Japanese or Korean Box is a fantastic compact shrub with dark oval leaves. It’s the perfect drought tolerant hedge, it has a higher tolerance to heat than other varieties of Box hedges, requiring little water once established. It does best is full sun however it can tolerate part shade just as well.
Japanese/Korean Box has a fine leaf, and is low and slow growing.
To order your plants, phone (03) 9355 0000. If you can’t fit in a visit to our nursery, take us up on our unbeatable $34.90 delivery to anywhere in metro Melbourne. Other delivery options are also available. You can also pick up your order from us in Campbellfield.