Yeah we got the boxwoods in last night! Greg was a great help and super patient. I choose the Buxus hybrid ‘Green Velvet’ boxwoods after asking a lot of garden experts and researching boxwoods suitable for my particular region. What I learned: boxwoods are hardy. They don’t like wind, salt, or really scorching sun. In the winter I plan to wrap my boxwoods in burlap to protect them from winter conditions. And a word of warning, English boxwoods are lovely but they smell like musk or cat piss. So don’t plant them next to your front door.
I got the biggest boxwoods I could. Boxwoods grow really slow—about an inch a year. They were expensive ($65 each) but I didn’t want little dinky shrubs out front. Eventually it will grow into a beautiful shaggy hedge. But I will have many lovely years of them as round beautiful green globes.
The root balls were really large. We had to dig down about a foot. Use a tape measure otherwise you’ll break your back pulling the heavy shrubs in and out of the holes. I sprinkled some fresh healthy dirt in the holes and soaked with water.
Once we got all four holes dug we placed each of the boxwoods in their tentative homes. We doubled checked for spacing and height. Remember to step away from the plants. I ran back and forth across the street at least 10 times shouting orders to Greg, “A little to the left, now up, now down.” Once the plants were to my satisfaction we backfilled the garden with the existing dirt mixed with some fresh new stuff. I gave the shrubs a good soak and we called it a night. I love them!
p.s. someday I hope to have window boxes and shutters on all five windows. Maybe next summer after the house gets painted?