Boxwoods (Buxus) are fantastic for giving structure and they work great as a back drop in the garden. Boxwoods are also easy to trim and respond well to pruning. The dark green leaves hold all winter providing much-needed interest in our Ottawa gardens. I like the texture of boxwood paired with barberries. Most boxwoods are zone 5 so I don’t suggest planting them in raised beds or planters. They do much better directly in the garden bed in Ottawa.
My favourite cultivars are: Buxus ‘Green Mountain’ and Buxus ‘Green Velvet’.
(Big thanks to Iseli nursery for allowing the use of their photos)