Category Archives: Box

Cloud Pruning!

This was a large Box shrub when we found it in the garden initially. It no longer looked right in the border as it was just a ‘blob’ in an area that has now been cultivated with vegetables. However it was quite old so we didn’t want to remove it. Having recently taken a course in the Japanese art of Cloud Pruning with Jake Hobson at Niwaki, I decided to try out my new skills on this poor old shrub. We are now 3 years down the line and it is ready for its annual ‘short back and sides’ Here are the photos:

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This is not a high-maintenance job, as we only prune it once a year, but the results are to create a light and airy architectural focal plant out of an otherwise previously dull and homogenous green mound in the landscape. Well, it’s growing on me!

Further down this border I have planted several Phillyrea latifolia, which are an evergreen plant similar to those in Japan that are cloud pruned. This time I thought I could try and train them as they grew. I’ll give them a few more years for them to fulfil their potential. Meanwhile I will torture them a little bit more to see what they can do!