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Cre­ate a for­mal look with stat­u­ary, foun­tains and clipped low hedges

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If you’re look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive to Buxus sem­per­virens for fear of box blight, lots of looka­like ever­green shrubs fit the bill – and re­spond well to clip­ping. ● Ilex cre­nata: Known as Ja­panese box, this prickle-free holly has small, glossy green leaves. It grows well in full sun or part shade in moist but well-drained soil. H4m (13ft) S3m (10ft) ● Euony­mus japon­i­cus ‘Jean Hughes’: Dense ever­green shrub with small glossy ever­green leaves. Slow growth rate and com­pact habit, for sun or part shade. H and S1m (3ft 3in) ● Lon­icera ni­tida: Dense, bushy fast-grow­ing ever­green shrub. Ideal for sun or shady sites. Faster-grow­ing than box so may re­quire more fre­quent clip­ping. H and S3m (10ft) ● Os­man­thus burk­woodii: Dense ever­green shrub with glossy green leaves and fra­grant white flow­ers April-May. Grows in sun or part shade and fer­tile well-drained soil. Prune af­ter flow­er­ing for more blooms the fol­low­ing year. H and S3m (10ft)

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