Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionNewGen Independence® boxwood (Buxus sp) offers you classic boxwood beauty and versatility without the worry. Rich, deep green foliage holds its color throughout the seasons, making this tidy shrub a year-round beauty! It is perfect for adding structure to landscapes; its rounded habit looks excellent with and without pruning; we love it lined along pathways. NewGen Independence® boxwood resists deer and disease, even boxwood blight. Plus, gardeners who experience heavy snowfall will rejoice each winter thanks to this shrub's strong branching structure that can withstand snowfall.
NewGen Independence® boxwood is a great alternative to 'Green Velvet' boxwood for those worried about boxwood blight or boxwood leafminer. We do not recommend this plant for those whose landscapes have a history of severe boxwood blight.DetailsBotanical name: Buxus NewGen Independence® ‘SB 108’ Patent #: USPP 28,888 Common name: Boxwood Zone: 5b – 8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun), part sun (4-6 hours sun), shade (<4 hours sun) Height x width: 3 -4.5' x 3-4.5′ Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Year-Round Bloom time: Evergreen Features: Winter interest, rabbit resistant, evergreens, deer resistant, container plants Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, edging, foundation planting, hedge, small spaces. How To GrowSoil: Evenly moist, well-drained soil. Boxwood grows well in soils that are slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. Light: Sun/part sun/shade. Will grow well in a variety of part shade situations, including open sun-dappled conditions or light shade with several hours of morning sun or early afternoon sun. Plants can grow in close to full shade, but typically are less vigorous and more open with decreased foliage density. When grown in full sun, plant foliage is more likely to scorch, bronze in winter, or suffer from mite attacks. Water: Evenly moist, average Spacing: 3 - 4.5′ Fertilizing: Roots appreciate a good organic (e.g., bark or compost) mulch (1-2″). Apply a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 ratio fertilizer, or slow release fertilizer (such as Osmocote), after the second year of growth by spreading it evenly over the surface of the soil (follow label directions), and watering it in. Winterizing: Boxwood is best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds, with, if possible, some protection from full winter sun. Foliage may bronze in winter when exposed to half day to full day sun. Winter winds can remove moisture from leaves at a rapid rate, often resulting in dehydration and bronzing. Carefully remove heavy snow accumulations as quickly as practicable to minimize stem/branch damage. Maintenance & Pruning: Plants are generally tolerant of pruning and shearing. Pruning should never be done prior to the last spring frost date. Pruning too early in spring often promotes tender new growth that may be damaged or killed by a late spring frost. Avoid cultivating around plants because they have shallow roots.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.