Franklin’s Gem Korean Boxwood is the perfect dwarf boxwood for colder areas in particular. It has perfect tiny leaves and naturally grows into a neat mound that is always glossy green and healthy, from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. It is perfectly hardy throughout zone 5 and it will even survive colder areas with just a little browning, yet it is also happy to grow even in the heat of Florida or California. Plus, it will grow in sun or moderate shade, meaning you can plant it almost anywhere in your garden where you need an accent plant to contrast with the more irregular growth of your other plants. Use Franklin’s Gem Boxwood in pots and planters – it is small enough to look perfect for many years. Plant a low border or hedge that will need only occasional trimming to look neat. Group them among the larger shrubs in the foundation planting around your home. Wherever you use this plant you will love the fact that it is always, neat, always green and glossy, always healthy, and needs no clipping to stay that way.
- Top choice for a dwarf, winter-hardy boxwood
- Perfect neat rounded form without clipping
- Grows well from full sun to shade
- Much more hardy than American or English boxwood
- Ideal for pots, edging or accents in every garden
Plant your Franklin’s Gem Boxwood in sun or moderate shade, in most kinds of garden soil that are not constantly wet. It does best with some moisture, but established plants will tolerate summer dry spells easily. It is free of significant pest and diseases and as an added bonus it is also resistant to deer, so this truly is a trouble-free and low-maintenance dwarf shrub that will bring exactly the right note of order and neatness to your garden without the neat for constant clipping.
The perfect garden is a balance between order and chaos, and getting that balance right is the sign of a good gardener. The secret is to use neat, dense plants as accents to the more random growth of most garden plants – and when it comes to neat and dense, boxwood is a great choice. At the Tree Center we carry a wide range of boxwoods for lots of different needs, from the tall American Boxwood for tall hedges and specimens to the English Boxwood for low hedges and the Wintergreen Boxwood for clipped balls.
Growing Franklin’s Gem Korean Boxwood Shrubs
Franklin’s Gem Boxwood fits right in as our smallest, most compact boxwood, which is also incredibly winter hardy. If you love the neat form of boxwood, but find clipping a chore, then Franklin’s Gem is the boxwood for you. It is so neat, with tiny leaves and a perfect rounded form, that it really needs no clipping at all to be the perfect addition to your garden. Plant a pair in pots to frame your front door. Add several to the foundation planting around your home as accents and groups. Create a miniature hedge to edge a small bed by planting a row of them 18 inches apart. Wherever you use it you can be sure of a neat, pest-free plant that will be attractive and green in both cold and hot weather.
Plant your Franklin’s Gem Boxwood in any location, from full sun to moderate shade, in most kinds of soil. For best growth add some organic material when planting and as mulch each spring. Water your plants well during the first years and during hot, dry weather in summer. Especially if you clip regularly, use a fertilizer for evergreen plants and hedges each spring. An annual clipping at the end of winter will keep your plants extra neat, but Franklin’s Gem Boxwood is so dense it really doesn’t even need to be clipped at all.