A common sight in both commercial landscaping and home gardening, it has neat, dense, evergreen foliage which lends itself to being clipped into various shapes and hedges.

While its often formal use is reminiscent of Capability Brown's designs at grand country houses, boxwood hedging can also be used in more informal gardens and patio areas. It can be a cost-effective boundary which, although it takes time to establish, looks superb as it forms a naturally softer outline than walls.

Boxwood hedging can provide a dense, evergreen barrier, an informal flowering boundary or neat dwarf edging to beds or paths.

Clipped boxwood hedging can be cleverly used to elegantly frame an entrance to a lawn area or to surround focal points such as statues or other garden sculptures.

As it can be clipped to any height, it provides a lovely non-obtrusive divider and can be used in pots and planters to add more interest.

Ready-grown topiary shapes tend to be expensive, as growth is slow and a lot of skill is involved, but they will provide you with a living sculpture.

Maintenance of two clips each growing season is required as growth is slower compared to a privet hedge. A spring application of slow-release fertilizer is also needed to keep the hedge strong.

If gardeners lack the time and commitment needed to tend to living Box, artificial hedging is a brilliant alternative. Easy to put together and requiring no maintenance, it allows anyone to create stunning yet simple designs in their garden.

This may be why artificial boxwood hedging, which is incredibly realistic, is becoming more and more popular. It offers perfectly clean lines to create formal and elegant divisions and borders and can also be used internally with a variety of shapes, including balls, spirals and obelisks. Find out more about how these artificial products compare to boxwood hedging here, orcontactour friendly team for more advice.