Planting Boxwood to foil the deer
There is an interesting article in the New York Times suggesting boxwood which comes in so many varieties is a good plant which the deer don't bother. Many boxwood are tropical but the European varieties are frost tolerant.
If you love green, and the deer are eating everything in your garden, boxwood -- which comes in a range of shades, shapes and sizes -- is a lovely alternative. Unlike English boxwood, which prefers partial shade, most will tolerate sun without turning yellow, but almost all are darker green in the shade.
Many people shape boxwood but it can be grown without shearing and left to it's natural shape. With so many varieties to choose from it's possible to have contrasting and complimentary colors and shapes from this one species. American boxwood is a wide-spreading shrub and sometimes grows to a small tree with very dense evergreen foliage. The leaves are 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long and are usually shiny, dark green on the upper surface and pale green on the lower surface.
Flowers come in early spring and are pale green and hardly noticeable. This boxwood grows 5 to 10 ft tall, though old plants may attain a height of 20 ft. in tree form if left unpruned. This species and most of its cultivars are tolerant of cold weather.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at May 25, 2011 10:23 AM