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I bought a couple of Buxus, to plant in stone planters either side of my front door. As the planters are built into the patio, I thought they would be bottomless ( so direct access to soil under) but it turns out they are stone bottomed with just one drain hole. Knickers Will Buxus live in a wide shallow planter like this? Depth is about six inches, but they are quite large in width. I don't need them to grow very large, as I want to prune them into balls to sit quite low under the windows. Any ideas? Thanks!


  • HCAHCA Posts: 129

    I would say they should survive but may need water during dry times.  Will they be in sun or shade as this will dictate the amount of watering needed.

  • Hi HCA, it's quite a a shady spot for most of the day.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,978

    Make sure you use loam-based compost and not multi-purpose. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks dove, will do image
  • Buxus have a shallow root system without a taproot..... having said that, I would imagine keeping them watered & fed in six inches of soil would be a pain, especially during the summer.

    Time to clip is early June, old gardeners used to recommend Derby Day as a memorable reminder.

    Monty Don's box hedging at Longmeadow is a good example of clipping at the wrong time. image

  • Thanks David image I wonder if I can get my h to smack some holes in the bottom through the patio? ....
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