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02/02/2013 at 11:51

Has anyone any experience of making these as a globe like box?

I can obtain some at a very low price and as I like the leaves etc was wondering if they clip and can be kept in check, I have read they are very vigorous  They will be in pots


02/02/2013 at 12:00

They are very vigorous but a pot would hold them back. Probably need trimming more often than box. Box naturally makes quite a neat bush, the lonicera sprawls.

03/02/2013 at 05:14

Not quite answering your question, but I know of a large garden open to the public which had a number of low box hedges around beds.  The box succumbed to box blight and the hedges were replaced with Lonicera nitida.  They were happily trimmed with both electric and hand clippers, although into straight edges, so don't see why they can't be made into ball shapes although they seemed to be more "open" than box.

03/02/2013 at 08:31
I think nitida is good as low hedge. I grow nitida Baggesons Gold that I keep to a comical shape but it is more,vigorous than the straight nitida. It is a"woody" plant and a bit thin but if it is regularly trimmed and pinched back it prob would,make a nice topiary feature. Certainly though it can be kept in check. Wouldn't buy a lot of,them though.
03/02/2013 at 08:45

A "comical" shape or "conical" shape?

03/02/2013 at 08:48

Comical please, I like a bit of humour in the garden

03/02/2013 at 09:02
I tried to shape a Taxus baccata few years back as a "scarecrow"....he had a hat, a spade to lean on but I could not get his arms right. So, I wanted a COMICAL shape. I agree nut that humour is nice in the garden. I'm currently trying with a topiary cat and have a statue of little boy peeing in the heathers and a fisher woman looking into my pool. Had.a mannequin amongst my gooseberries but everyone thought it was me
03/02/2013 at 09:04

Sounds great fun!

03/02/2013 at 09:33
Sounds great fun, any pics verdun?
03/02/2013 at 09:36
Rosa had to google as hadn't seen this plant before. If you google images it , there are some topiary style images, even a sheep or two. Looks good.
03/02/2013 at 09:40

I know someone who has a lonicera hedge that he keeps regularly trimmed and it is neat and tight and very like box but the leaves are smaller.

03/02/2013 at 10:15

Thanks all I like the Baggesons gold variety and only want 2-3. If it works I may be braver! Can only try if it seems feasilble. 

03/02/2013 at 11:10
You will like Baggesons gold. Olive in winter, yellow in summer and trouble free
03/02/2013 at 11:19

Thanks Bunny for suggesting visiting Mr Google. Some interesting shapes on there and shows me it's not impossible

03/02/2013 at 11:19
I look forward to seeing your finished design
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