Q: I’m searching for a small, evergreen shrub that can complement my more colorful plants. I hate to say the word “plain,” but I’m really wanting something that doesn’t flower and is just one shade of green. What do you suggest? I live in Southwest Florida.
A: We recommend the classy Buxus microphylla, more commonly known as Japanese boxwood. It’s an ideal low-maintenance shrub that can be manicured or trimmed occasionally for a more natural look. What we really like about this specimen is that it can take varying degrees of light and is drought-tolerant once established. You can easily keep it two to three feet tall; it’s a slow-grower.
You didn’t say what kind of other plants you have, but we think the Japanese boxwood looks awfully nice paired with society garlic, oyster plants, African iris or dwarf chenille. Let us know how it all turns out!