Posted: 11/12/2012 at 23:04
The problem with buxus is a fungal disease that seems to be getting more common. If you want a buxus lookalike, easy to grow, faster growing but still small and neat if kept clipped, then try lonicere nitida. There is a golden variety too.
If berberis has "nana" added to it's name then it's dwarf. There is berberis thunbergii nana which can be purple if it is atropurpurea nana or gold if it's aurea nana. (What a mouthfull!)
Nandina domestica is very pretty with its leaves that flush red and its berries, but it's more expensive to buy. Can be used as single specimens or hedging.
If you like conifers there are several varieties of Thuja such as Thuja occidentalis "Little Gem".
Now is a good time to plant when there is a mild day not a hard frost.