Are variegated boxwoods a desirable shrub for our zone?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hi, Clyde: Variegated plants provide contrast in the garden and an evergreen one will do so year-round. Variegated Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Variegata’) is hardy to zone 6 which is the zone that Fayette County is listed on the USDA Hardiness zone map. Zone 6 has two subzones: 6a and 6b. The average minimum temperatures in zone 6 fall between 0- and -10-degrees F. Since we live in the lowest range of the hardiness zones, winter damage is possible if we experience lower than average temperatures. This is especially true for broadleaf evergreens so choose a planting space that offers a bit of protection to prevent potential damage. Boxwoods are adaptable to most growing conditions but prefer full to part sun. The tow-toned foliage puts a spin on this classic evergreen and a nice addition to the Kentucky landscape.
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