In the Landscape

Beautiful Buxus

July 17, 2019

We love boxwood! Today's episode features a discussion on the basics of boxwood. This versatile decorative shrub can survive in a range of conditions and be shaped in a multitude of ways. Learn a little of the history of boxwood, and why it has become so popular in landscape design. Learn about some of the emerging threats to several species and how best to hedge against them.

We visit and help restore a New England boxwood garden and share boxwood care tips:

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The growers - Saunders Brothers - whom we reference:

Some of the landscapes and gardens we visited in the Charlottesville, Virginia region: University of Virginia Campus and Pavillion Gardens and Monticello


Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder m

Small Wonders - the exhibit featuring boxwood miniatures:

The American Boxwood Society

The European Boxwood and Topiary Society


Some species we mention:

English Boxwood - Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa', susceptible to various diseases including Boxwood Blight, not tolerant of increased weather extremes (heat, cold, drought, wetter conditions)

Korean Boxwood - Buxus microphylla var. koreana, quite tolerant of insects, more tolerant of increased weather extremes (heat, cold, drought, wetter conditions), observed cold tolerance in USDA zones 5 and 6 in New York State

Japanese Boxwood - Buxus microphylla var. japonica, ‘Green Beauty’ variety remains slightly smaller, quite tolerant of insects, more tolerant of increased weather extremes (heat, cold, drought, wetter conditions). Species observed thriving in USDA zone 8 and 9 in Texas

Green Velvet - Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’, susceptible to insects 

Vardar Valley - Buxus sempervirens ‘Vardar Valley’, quite tolerant of insects and disease 

Common or American Boxwood - Buxus sempervirens, susceptible to insects and blight 


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Acclaimed Landscape Design and Care Artist, plus ISA Certified Arborist Charles King Sadler,ASLA,ISA has been sought after for consulting and training in landscape design restoration and care by top landscape architecture firms and horticulturalists throughout North America and in Europe, and he has designed and cared for some of the finest properties in North American. Charles builds on over two decades of experience working on over 600 landscapes. Charles received his fine arts education from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his Landscape Architecture training from SUNY-ESF; school of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University Campus.

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