Buxus plants are a traditional favourite, as they are perfect for formal evergreen hedges. Small glossy green leaves on a compact dense shrub, make them perfect for clipping or topiary. They are relatively slow growing, and shade tolerant. There are 3 main varieties – Japanese Box (Buxus microphylla var. japonica), Korean Box (Buxus microphylla) and English Box (Buxus sempervirens).