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02/02/2012 at 13:25


I'd really like to purchase two buxus plants (pyramid shaped) to plant up in pots and frame my front door. 

The front door is north-east this a good idea....will they survive...or is there another type of plant that would be more suitable/

Any comments would be very welcomed - i've only been gardening for 1 year!

    02/02/2012 at 16:04

Hello Mrs TJ,

Buxus will grow in north-east facing situations. It makes a good hedge because it's so adaptable and is an excellent choice for pots framing a front door. It does not take being buffeted by strong winds as it can become scorched, but hopefully your front door is in a reasonably sheltered position. Have a look at Monty's video on planting box at:

There is a lot of advice there about box in general which will be relevant even if you're growing it in pots.

Do send us a photo when they're in place!

Emma team

02/02/2012 at 18:53

We have two buxus pyramids by our front door....but beware that they can smell like tom cat!

02/02/2012 at 21:26

Thank you for your comments.  I think it's back to the drawing board - our front door isn't very sheltered, we are on a hill and the wind blows straight at our house. 

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