Red Spotted Purple Butterfly near Boxwood, August 22, 2009I should have said Japanese boxwood. Korean boxwood is smaller. If we really want to get hort snobby here, we can say, Buxus harlandii of gardens syn. B. microphylla japonica (Japanese boxwood) while people's eyes glaze over as we explain that 'of gardens' means it really isn't B. harlandii from China. According to NCSU, many boxwoods sold as B. Harlandii are really just Japanese boxwood.
I am fond of Box Topiary. Sept. 12, 2009
Would it be simpler to say that my boxwood is not English box?
Lycoris and Box, September 12, 2009
Up close is native Hydrangea quercifolia.
Boxwoods at house corner, September 25, 2009
Looking in the opposite direction, October 24, 2009
More topiary with Camellia sasanqua, December 07, 2009
Narcissus foliage, Rose Campion, Sedum acre and Box, Dec. 21.2009
Notice the lighter green new growth. Sometimes freezes kill tender shoots.
Soon the boxwoods will bloom. Unless you notice the fragrance, the blossoms are hardly noticeable and easily missed. They smell of grape koolaid and bees are happy to visit. I don't know how old a boxwood must be to bloom, but the big, old boxwoods are a delight to pass when the blooms are open, all that grapey aroma.
I'm really glad to have this reference book, American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Plants. So far I've read the Lilies section, besides the Boxwood. Lilies can really be confusing because of all the hybrids. I plant Asiatics, Orientals, Trumpets, and certain other hybrids including Longiflorum/Asiatic hybrids, but not Longiflorum species, the Easter Lily.
The species lily I planted last year was incorrectly labeled, to my great consternation when it bloomed orange in a bed of pink roses. I am finally finished with planting Oriental lily bulbs. Buffy was so much help I put her in the house with Dad while I dug the last 12 holes.
You don't have to know much if you know whom to ask. Sometimes I would be better placed to verify my information before I blithely type my little posts and comments, however well meant. Sorry, Edith, mine is Japanese boxwood, but there is Korean box.