Replacement from Boxwood blight

all50September 25, 2013

I'm looking for fellow devastated gardeners. I've now lost over 80 dwarf English boxwood to the blight. Photos show the rapid, about 3-4 weeks of the loss. It has travelled from the back yard to one side and part of the front. I still have another 60+ that aren't infected yet, but I'm not hopeful. I'm looking for suggestions what I can replace it with on my patio garden, that is evergreen and dwarf. The boxwood blight spores live in the soil for 5 years, I'm looking at digging out the gardens and replacing the soil if I can't find a replacement plant. Anyone have any help?

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gardengal48

Try Japanese holly, Ilex crenata. Looks almost identical to box and much less prone to any problems or winter bronzing. I'd consider the cultivars 'Helleri' or 'Green Island'.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 2:40PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

man WHAT A GARDEN .... !!!!

thx for showing us ...

this is one argument against a monoculture.... when one goes.. its like dominoes....

any interest in becoming enabled in mini conifers... we can fill up all those spots real fast ....

pic below is a bunch of mini.. and small conifers surrounding my patio ... much more interest.. than a monoculture..

and as trees.. if you pick the right ones.. will NEVER need to be trimmed.... and will need absolutely NO CARE ..once established ...

pop on over to that forum if you wish

ken

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 7:12PM
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conon(6b, Southern, IN)

Soft Touch hollies....

Here is a link that might be useful: soft touch hollies

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 2:23PM
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