Topiary yew and box

Alternatives to box

With box plants under threat from box blight and box caterpillar, it makes sense to look at alternative plants to use. Here are our suggestions.

Box is an incredibly useful and versatile plant in the garden. With its naturally dense, evergreen growth, it has been used for centuries to create year-round structure in the garden. It can be used to create topiary, including box balls, to provide useful accents in the garden. Grown into a low hedge, it can be used to edge a border or a parterre.

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