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Looking for a stinky, (relatively) fast growing boxwood

Posted by lceh 7 Central VA (My Page) on
Fri, May 4, 07 at 21:07

I grew up in VA and I love that stinky boxwood smell, especially on a rainy day -- it reminds me of garden tours on old estates and other pleasant memories. However, I am an impatient gardener as well as a nostalgic one, and I don't want to plant a boxwood that won't be a decent size until I am an elderly lady. Is there a variety that has that distinctive smell, and grows relatively quickly? I don't have the considerable $$ it takes to buy a very large boxwood. Also, what's the critical number of shrubs it would take to have that aroma on a rainy morning? Will one do it, or do I need to have several in my shady/partially shady front yard?

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RE: Looking for a stinky, (relatively) fast growing boxwood

Great question. I understand completely. I'm very dissatisfied by the aroma-lessness of the newer cultivars. I just decided to go with the plain ole sempervirens, in spite of winter bronzing, box die-back disease, blah, blah, blah just to be sure of the smell. Its not really as slow a grower as folk would tout, but then, nothing is.

I'd love to know the results of your nasal search. One thought is that you may wish to post your question on the Shrubs forum.

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