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Clipped Box  edged, rose filled beds at Cottesbrooke Hall, Northamptonshire

More about Box:


Is Box a herb? It is generally accepted that Box is a herb - one definition of a herb being a plant that has some practical use - although in general terms, it is not a plant that a lay-person would use, or should use.  Whilst there are recognised medicinal qualities, and there is current research under way for new applications, Box should never be taken unless professionally prescribed.

Its usefulness in garden design is, however, clear for all to see.  Whether as clipped formal edging, looser "cloud" features or specimen topiary elements Box has a place in almost any garden style - whether or not "knots" are themselves in fashion.  The enduring popularity of Box was clear at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2000, where it featured in many of the Show Gardens, from the traditional intricate labyrinth of Homage to Le Notre commissioned by The Garden History Society (Gold winner) to the Gardens Illustrated's Evolution, designed by Arne Maynard and Piet Oudolf which achieved the Best Garden Award.  Modern waterspout dishes were located in Box "blocks" whilst "a Persian carpet" of perennials and grasses were held together by an edging of Box to great effect.


Even if we have only small areas of garden to work with elements of these much larger designs can always be taken, adapted or even improved upon to reflect our own style of planting.

Homage to Le Notre

RHS Chelsea Flower

Show 2000

"...Box is at once the most efficient of all possible things, and the prettiest plant that can possibly be conceived; the colour of its leaf; its docility as to height, width, and shape; the compactness of its little branches; its great durability; its thriving in all sorts of soils, and in all sorts of aspects ; its freshness under the hottest sun and its defiance of all shade and all drip; these are all beauties and qualities, which, for ages upon ages, have marked it out as the chosen plant for this very important purpose."

                      William Cobbett in The English Gardener 1829 on Box as a formal edging

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