Box & Japanese Holly Hedging for Sale

Box & Japanese Holly Hedge Plants

Box (Buxus) produces some of the best small formal evergreen hedges. As clipped hedges, Dwarf Box (Buxus suffruticosa) tops out at 30-40cms after many years, while Common Box (Buxus sempervirens) has larger leaves and will reach 80+cms in 10 years: it can grow to a couple of metres as a hedge, but allow two three decades for that.

Box blight is a potential problem for Box in some situations, where there is not enough air flow. Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) is a good replacement for such sites. It's less compact than Box, but it thickens up when clipped, and from a short distance, it looks almost indistinguishable from Box, with almost identical foliage.

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Box in Summary

  • Uses: Formal low hedges from 10cms upwards
  • Good Points: Native, evergreen, clips beautifully
  • Position: Anywhere there is drainage and light
  • Growth: 2-5 cms p.a.

Growing a Box Hedge

Box (Buxus) is extremely slow growing, so it is specifically used for low hedges that create a visible barrier without blocking lines of sight, such as those used to edge a rose border, or to divide planting areas in a parterre. It is the quintessential formal hedge plant, intended to be clipped with sharp edges or neat contours and to provide structure. 

Dwarf Box is the best choice for mini hedges of up to 25cms. Choose Common Box for hedges taller than that.

Planting Box Hedging

Have a look at our detailed written instructions on how to plant a box hedge. For those who like the movies, then with minor adaptations, follow the instructions in our video on how to plant a formal hedge. The principal difference is that Box should be planted at 5 plants per metre in a single row and Dwarf Box at 8 plants per metre.

The most important thing is that your Box hedge is in an open situation where there is lots of breezy air movement. Never plant a Box hedge under trees, where it is overhung by buildings, or surrounded by other, bigger plants. The shade is no problem at all, it is the air flow that is crucial for healthy plants in the long term. 

Caring for your Box hedge

There is an old custom of clipping your Box hedge on Derby Day, at the end of June: don't do this. The best time is in winter, when the temperature is above freezing.

If you must clip in summer, then do so when the weather (and the forecast) is dry. One clip a year should be enough, and don't worry too much if you make a mistake; box regrows from old wood, albeit quite slowly.

Rake up and burn fallen leaves in autumn as they harbour disease and are best destroyed. A mulch of well-rotted compost or manure in spring will help to keep your plants glossy and healthy.

Box Hedging Plants for Sale

You can buy bareroot Common Box, and container grown Dwarf Box and Japanese Holly. Box is sold singly, All are sold singly, with quantity discounts applied automatically as you order more plants of one size.

All our Box is covered by our no-quibble Guarantee, which means you can order with complete confidence. Free delivery on orders over £60. Best advice & friendly support throughout. 

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  1. Buxus sempervirens

    15-40cms Hedge Plants
    • Evergreen. Slow growing, tolerant of full shade.
    • Other Sizes Available: Dwarf.
    • Excellent formal hedging.
    • Max. Height: 8m
    • Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar.
    From £4.08  Inc VAT

  2. Ilex crenata

    Pot Grown Hedge Plants

    • To: 5m+
    • Soil: any
    • Use: formal hedging/topiary shapes
    • Single row: 3-4 plants per metre
    • Dark green leaves, few prickles, with black berries
    • Decent alternative to Box (Buxus)
    • Pot Grown Delivery: Year Round
    From £12.96  Inc VAT

  3. Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa

    15-20cms Hedge Plants
    • Evergreen. Slow growing, tolerant of full shade
    • Ideal decorative, low hedging
    • Max. Height: 1m
    • Pot-Grown Delivery: All Year
    From £5.76  Inc VAT


  4. Ilex crenata 'Convexa'

    15-80cms Pot Grown Hedge Plants
    • Final Size: 30 cm to 1m
    • Soil: any
    • Use: formal hedging/topiary shapes
    • Single row: 3-4 plants per metre
    • Colour: dark green (no prickles) with black berries
    • Best alternative to Box (Buxus)
    • Pot Grown Delivery: Year Round
    • RHS Award of Garden Merit
    From £4.74  Inc VAT


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