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April 5, 2022
Sheridan Nurseries is the industry leader in boxwood cultivation and development and were the first to introduce Boxwood to Ontario almost 100 years ago. Today we have over 70 acres devoted to growing boxwoods on our farm in Glen Williams, Ontario.
Landscape Architects Howard and Lorrie Dunnington-Grubb immigrated from England in 1911 and founded Sheridan Nurseries in 1913. They desired to replicate the classic English garden experience and needed an ornamental hedge plant that would be hardy enough to survive in the cold Ontario climate. They saw a huge potential to introduce boxwoods to Ontario gardens.
In 1922 they obtained the original Korean Boxwood seedlings from Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. It would take ten years to develop the seedlings into saleable plants, and the first boxwoods were officially introduced into the Sheridan catalogue in 1939.
These seedlings were the original ancestors of many generations of hybrid boxwoods that have been developed at the Sheridan Nurseries farms.
Today, boxwoods are one of the most popular choices for ornamental landscaping, allowing gardeners to create unique designs and motifs that enhance the look of their home or business.
Boxwoods are one of the most popular choices for landscaping because of their versatility and easy management. The evergreen foliage comes in various sizes and provides a year-round structure that can be trimmed into unique shapes and designs.
Sheridan Nurseries is proud to have cultivated these fine varieties:
Boxwoods are the perfect addition to just about any area of your garden. They provide structure as a border along garden beds and paths, and they also add a sense of grandeur to your home along the edge of driveways or in entryway containers.
Boxwood care is minimal, requiring some simple trimming to maintain their shape and regular watering to keep their lush green colour.
We locally grow over 350,000 boxwoods every year in Georgetown, Ontario. Each plant is cared for up to 10 years at our farm prior to sale. Check out this video for a view of our farm.
Boxwoods are hardy plants that can withstand drier climates. To ensure healthy roots, planting boxwood in an area with good drainage is recommended, adding organic matter for additional nutrients. Do not plant in areas where water can pool, such as near eavestroughs or low-lying areas of your garden. If you plan on keeping your boxwood in containers, make sure your pot has adequate drainage.
Boxwood is susceptible to root diseases, so only water when needed. Once the plant is established, the boxwood will require less frequent waterings, with rainfall usually providing adequate moisture.
Fertilize your boxwood
Boxwoods are the perfect, easy-to-maintain garden feature that offers significant visual impact.
Plant boxwoods in the early spring, late fall, or late winter, and it’s recommended to plant boxwood before the weather gets too cold. Planting in the fall allows time for the roots to establish before winter. Do not plant during the intense heat of summer to avoid drying out the root system.
Ornamental boxwood should be planted 3 to 5 feet apart and trimmed to maintain shape and size. If using plants as an edging or hedge, plant 1 to 2 feet apart.
Steps to planting a boxwood
Best soil conditions for boxwood
Keep the soil well-drained. Boxwood grows best in soil conditions with a pH of 6.8 to 7.5.
To help your boxwood adapt to its new surroundings, follow these five steps for planting boxwood.
If you are ready to enhance the look of your garden, visit Sheridan Nurseries. Our plant experts can help you create stunning landscapes for your garden using boxwood as decor, edging, or a privacy hedge.
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