Given the extent of Box diseases which are affecting imported and home grown stock, it is advisable to avoid planting new Box and use alternatives.

Research is identifying resistant varieties of Buxus and plant nurseries are starting to grow alternative plants in forms suitable for topiary and hedging.

Emma has been using Box alternatives suitable for shady moist conditions such as the Ilex shown above as well as sunny and dry conditions such as Myrtus and Pittosporum.

Contact Emma for specific advice for your garden and containers.  As a lecturer and Committee Member with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Emma is an experienced horticulturalist with a garden designer’s vision.

Box alternative disease free plants