Boxwood has been traditionally used in formal landscapes where its tolerance for shearing and evergreen leaves provides structure and focuses interest along walkways and in gardens year round. Its ability to handle shade and tolerance of many soil types sets it apart from other evergreen options.
Hedge/Screen/Border: Boxwood’s foliage lends itself well to screening as it is so dense you cannot see through to the other side. For the same reason, it is commonly used as a border plant to frame a yard or a walkway as it limits access by making the area impassable. Northern Charm Boxwood’s four-foot high frame makes it difficult to simply step over and its coverage also extends to the ground, making it difficult to crawl under. Keep those pesky neighborhood kids from cutting corners in your yard. Keep guests on pathways. Frame the front of your house.
It can be difficult to find the right plant to use in your foundation beds, that area right beside the walls of your house. This is especially true if you have low windows, or a patio set a few feet higher than ground level. Northern Charm Boxwood matures to about 3′-4′ tall, making it a perfect choice for this kind of space. As a broadleaf evergreen, it also softens the appearance of a home’s foundation throughout all seasons. Many times foundation beds are also plagued by shade, another point for good ole’ boxwood!
Boxwood is often used in floral arrangements as the small, oval, green leaves often provide a nice accent among cut flowers.
While smaller in height, Northern Charm Boxwood can be sheared (ask a professional!) in many ways. This ranges from simple, clean spheres to rather elaborate shapes.
Boxwoods can also be used in containers. Keep in mind that they need to be watered more often, especially in terracotta pots which dry out much faster. They do very well in cold weather, but in a container with a thin wall, they are a bit more at risk in the winter. Terracotta and concrete pots absorb moisture and in winter, that can cause pots to crack. You can try wrapping the pots in bubble wrap or plastic-lined burlap or select a type of pot that is more durable in winter, such as fiberglass, iron, lead, heavy plastic, or stone. Top-dress your container with a good layer of mulch to help protect the roots. Moving the containers into a more sheltered location out of the wind and intense sun will also help them survive in Wisconsin’s winters.