17 Best Boxwoods for Containers

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For growing boxwoods, you don’t need to have a big garden – a medium-sized container would do!

These Boxwoods for Containers can be pruned to be manageable and look lush all year round. You can also pair a few of them together to create a privacy screen.

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Boxwoods for Containers

1. Green Velvet

Boxwoods for Containers

Botanical Name: Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’

Green Velvet is a hybrid boxwood that grows in a compact habit to a height of 2-3 feet. It has dark green foliage that maintains its color well throughout the seasons.

2. Green Mountain Boxwood

Boxwoods for pots

Botanical Name: Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’

Native to Europe and Asia, Green Mountain is one of the most popular boxwood varieties that tolerates heat well and requires minimal pruning to maintain its neat shape.

3. Winter Gem

Boxwoods for Containers outdoor

Botanical Name: Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Winter Gem’

This dwarf boxwood variety grows slowly, reaching a height of 2-3 feet. It keeps its green foliage throughout the winter without bronzing.

4. Green Mound Boxwood

Green Mound Boxwood in blacl container

Botanical Name: Buxus ‘Green Mound’

The green mound is a low-mounding cultivar, growing only 2-3 feet tall. Its deep green leaves take on a bronze cast in winter.

5. Faulkner

Boxwoods for basket Containers

Botanical Name: Buxus microphylla ‘Faulkner’

A great contender for baskets, this boxwood for container is best for patios, where it can be kept in the corners. It requires minimum pruning and maintenance.

6. Variegata

Variegata Best Boxwoods for Containers

Botanical Name: Buxus sempervirens ‘Variegata’

Another great boxwood for container, its foliage has creamy white edges, which provides a nice contrast. The plant grows in a compact, globular mound.

7. Baby Gem

Boxwoods for Containers garden

Botanical Name: Buxus microphylla japonica ‘Baby Gem’

Baby Gem is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that is a perfect choice for containers, borders, or hedges. It grows 2-3 foot tall at maturity with small, deep green leaves.

8. Morris Midget

Morris Midget potted plant near garden chair

Botanical Name: Buxus sempervirens ‘Morris Midget’

Where space is limited, Morris Midget is the perfect solution. Its tiny, rounded, evergreen leaves stay fresh and turn to an orange-red-bronze color after the initial fall frost.

9. English Boxwood

English Boxwood plant in container

Botanical Name: Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’

This classic hedge plant also does well in containers. It has small, rounded leaves and tolerates pruning well.

10. Dee Runk

Dee Runk boxwood Best Boxwoods for Containers

Botanical Name: Buxus sempervirens ‘Dee Runk’

For a tall screen or hedge effect in a narrow space, Dee Runk boxwood is the perfect choice. It flourishes in full sun to partial shade and adapts well to container life.

11. Helleri

Helleri buxus in container

Botanical Name: Buxus sempervirens ‘Helleri’

This broadleaf evergreen reaches a mature height and width of 3-4 feet. It has an oval-round shape and bright green foliage that holds color well through winter.

12. John Baldwin

John Baldwin Best Boxwoods for Containers

Botanical Name: Buxus microphylla ‘John Baldwin’

This clump-forming boxwood has a neat, compact habit, reaching 4-5 feet tall. Its foliage becomes bronze-tinged in winter if they are placed in open areas with full sun exposure.

13. Spartan Juniper

Spartan Juniper container in garden

Botanical Name: Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’

Spartan Juniper is like a blend of English and Japanese boxwood. The plant is good at avoiding boxwood blight, too. Its new growth is lime green and then takes a dark hue.

14. Korean Boxwood

Korean littleleaf boxwood in container

Botanical Name: Buxus sinica var. insularis

Korean boxwood is an extremely hardy variety that withstands winter temperatures down to -20°F. It grows slowly in a neat mound, reaching 2-3 feet in height.

15. Chicagoland Green

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Botanical Name: Buxus × ‘Chicagoland Green’

This cold-hardy boxwood has rich green foliage that holds its color well into winter. It grows best in spring and fall surviving for decades in container with proper care.

16. Bigleaf Wintergreen

Boxwoods for Containers garden

Botanical Name: Buxus microphylla

Bigleaf boxwood has large, shiny leaves that give off a slight skunky odor when crushed. Protection from harsh winds helps prevent the bronzing of its dark green foliage.

17. Wintergreen Boxwood

Wintergreen Boxwood near door

Botanical Name: Buxus sinica var. insularis ‘Wintergreen’

Wintergreen is aptly named for its excellent cold hardiness. It reaches 3-5 feet in height at maturity but you can prune it in a shape and form of your liking!

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