When we moved into our house 13 years ago next week, there were two long boxwood hedges lining the sidewalk to our front door.
After a while we began to notice an odor that smelled like – there’s no delicate way to put this – cat urine. Turns out that’s a distinctive boxwood odor, although some people either don’t notice it or aren’t bothered by it.
We weren’t those people, so we took out the boxwood hedges and replaced them with yews.
But I really like the classic look of boxwood. And we have a large boxwood hedge along our treeline in the back yard that is far enough away from the house that we don’t notice the odor. So lately I’ve been going out there and clipping sprigs of boxwood to put in a container in our family room.
This is a fresh bunch that I just clipped, but the old bunch had been there for months. They were dry of course, but still green. Just a lighter, more grey shade.
I put some more clippings in this silver estate sale ice bucket in my dining room.
I like that I can put out something fresh that will last such a long time.
Back in December I clipped boxwood branches from the same bush to put in my Christmas fireplace garland.
And I have this faux boxwood wreath hanging over my kitchen sink. I don’t have many fake plants in the house anymore, but this one stays.
Fresh and fake boxwood aren’t the only choices – boxwood can be preserved. It’s pretty pricey to buy that way, so I’ve pinned some DIY instructions to my Plants and Flowers Board on Pinterest. I’ve yet to try it though because the yard clipping thing is working so well for me.
This summer my love of boxwood caused me to brave some more boxwood shrubs outside. I didn’t plant big rows of them, but rather some small shrubs in pots.
I started with the concrete planters on my front porch. The shrubs I bought were pretty tiny so I planted some white begonias around them which helped fill in the pot.
I also planted two more shrubs in larger planters on the patio.
For these I added metal orbs I got from Nell Hills last fall.
I like that these are so much more low maintenance than pots of flowers.
So I’m curious: are you a boxwood fan? How do you use it in your house and yard?