The Charm of Modern Boxwoods

Most people think of old Victorian gardens or a distinctive smelling shrub in front of a colonial house when you mention the boxwood shrub. But the modern boxwood has changed all that. It now comes in many varieties and the new hybrids have little of the old boxwood scent.

The Charm of Modern Boxwoods


Boxwoods came to America in the 1600’s from European gardens. Many people associate them with Colonial Williamsburg because it has one of the oldest and most famous boxwood gardens in America. Boxwoods also decorate the formal gardens of Mount Vernon and even the White House.


The evergreen boxwood shrub is an excellent choice as a background plant, but it also can stand on its own as an interesting, well structured, specimen shrub. It is low maintenance and has a dense, rounded shape. Planted in a row, the boxwood forms a nice screening fence that can tolerate difficult soil. Not only do they provide year-round greenery and structure, but they are also deer and rabbit proof. Boxwoods love the sun but can tolerate partial shade, and can be grown in plant hardiness zones 4-9.

Wintergreen Variety

Wintergreen boxwood is an excellent choice for a dwarf shrub. This hardy cultivar can be kept in its natural oval shape or trimmed into any shape that the landscaper desires. It will hold its green color all winter and its tips will not turn brown in the winter as some other boxwoods do. It can be planted en masse as a ground cover or as a small hedge. It is also a great foundation planting and can even be planted in a pot as a bonsai!

Add some old charm to your garden with a modern boxwood, this hardy shrub will add an enchanting element to your garden and delight for years to come. If you would like to incorporate the versatile boxwood into your landscape, contact us and talk to our experts.