18 Oct I Love Variegated Boxwood
Name: Buxus sempervirens ‘Variegata’ aka variegated boxwood.
Type of Plant: A slow growing evergreen shrub that does well in full sun to part shade. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: Any plant that has variegated foliage adds excitement to the landscape, and the variegated boxwood does just that. Since it’s slow growing, it can cook along for years in a foundation planting without outgrowing its location. I appreciate that I seldom have to prune this plant! Yes, you can shear it into a round, formal ball shape, but in most cases I think it’s more attractive left to its genetically determined shape.
I find that this plant has less winter damage than most green boxwoods. I also know that it grows well with part-day sun.
A Word to the Wise: Place this near shrubs with larger leaves (Rhododendrons or Hydrangeas, for example) or in with needled evergreens or conifers with dark green foliage. It’s also stunning near a purple-foliaged Physocarpus or Diervilla.