Choosing The Best Boxwood Gem In 2022

Walking the aisles of The Container Store makes my organization-loving heart pitter-patter, but many times I leave empty-handed, feeling lost and overwhelmed with options.

Luckily, there are a ton of boxes made specifically to protect your goods.

With so many wonderful baskets and bins available, it’s hard to choose the right boxwood gem one for the job.

We chose 10 of the most promising box options available today for side-by-side testing to find the very best.

List of 10 Best boxwood gem : Tried and Tested

1. Baby Gem Boxwood (2.5 Quart) Low-Maintenance Evergreen Shrub – Full Sun to Part Shade Live Outdoor Plant…

Features :

  • Baby Gem Boxwood is a rounded evergreen shrub that brings structure to your landscape in a compact, easily maintained habit.
  • The Boxwood measures 4’ high and 4-5’ wide. For a hedge, plant these boxwoods 2-3 feet apart for a seamless planting at maturity. Or space 4 feet or greater to allow it’s natural mounded habit show in your garden.
  • The tight leaf structure of Baby Gem Boxwood make it an ideal candidate for a topiary. Shape it into a pyramid or cone, or create a single stem with bulb for a unique statement in a container.
  • This live boxwood plant is hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 9. Making it an ideal boxwood for readers of Southern Living.
  • Unavailable to ship to AK, HI, & TN.
  • Brand Name: Southern Living Plant Collection

Additional Info :

Color Evergreen Shrub with Glossy Green – Full Sun Live Outdoor Plant
Item Dimensions
Height 20
Width 7
Length 7

2. Winter Gem Boxwood | 12 Quart Size Plants | Buxus Microphylla Japonica | Fast Growing Cold Hardy Formal Evergreen Shrub

Features :

  • Grown, packaged and shipped exclusively by Florida Foliage. An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.
  • This is the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for shearing into a small, formal hedge. Ideal for defining different spaces in the garden or for a tidy foundation cover-up. It is especially lovely against red brick. Use as a partition to divide your front yard or driveway from your neighbor’s. Also beautiful as background foliage. Creates lovely topiaries, particularly in cone shapes if planted where it snows. An excellent plant for parterres and hedge mazes
  • Winter Gem is a round-shaped cultivar that is relatively vigorous. It tolerates a wide range of sites and uses. New foliage emerges a lime-green color and transitions to a deep, glossy green. It has a tendency to bronze when exposed to direct winter sun but the bronzing will quickly disappear in spring as temperatures rise and as new growth emerges. ‘Winter Gem’ is very similar to the cultivars ‘Wintergreen’ or ‘Faulkner’. Deer resistant.
  • Winter Gem Boxwood should be pruned each year in late winter to early spring to maintain desired shape. Use hand pruners or shears. Additional lighter prunings may be necessary in early to mid-summer, depending on the desired look and vigor of the plant. ‘Winter Gem’ tolerates more radical pruning if the plant has outgrown its desired size. Thinning is not necessary on this cultivar. ‘Winter Gem’ is very resistant to boxwood leafminer and very tolerant to boxwood blight.
  • Winter Gem Korean Boxwood is the ‘go-to’ boxwood for colder areas of the country. Much more hardy than other boxwoods, it will stay fresh and green all winter, even with temperatures falling to minus 20. If you want boxwood hedges, balls and other clipped shapes, or just want a naturally-dense and rounded evergreen shrub, this reliable plant will give you what you want.

3. Buxus micro. jap. ‘Green Gem’ (Boxwood) Evergreen, #2 – Size Container

Features :

  • Plant is delivered direct from our nursery in a 2-gallon trade pot. It is fully rooted in the soil and can be planted immediately upon arrival, weather permitting. We advise not to plant during frigid winter months or under drought conditions. Planting and how-to-care instructions will arrive with shipment
  • For best results, plant in USDA Zones 4-8. Mature height is 2-3ft, mature spread is 3-4ft
  • Compact growing boxwood. Evergreen foliage is Glossy green
  • Great in edging or border plantings
  • Grows well in full or partial sun

Additional Info :

Color Green Gem
Item Dimensions
Height 10
Width 8
Length 8
Weight 5

4. Green Gem Boxwood – Evergreen Stays 3ft with No Pruning – Live Plants in Gallon Pots by DAS Farms (No California)

Features :

  • All pictures are of fully grown plants. Actual sizes are clearly stated in the title and description below.
  • CALIFORNIA ORDERS WILL BE CANCELLED – This is due to CA state regulations and is beyond our control.
  • Zone: 4-9 / Mature Height: 2 to 3′ Spread: 2-3′ / Growth rate: slow / Form : Easily pruned, globular
  • Size Shipped: 10-12 inches tall in full gallon containers with soil-less media.
  • NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO TRANSPLANT! Leaves are changing and falling off. For some plants this is not their most attractive season, however it IS the best time for planting. We guarantee a successful transplant for 30 days if the included planting instructions are followed with the correct location and water. Deciduous plants bought dormant during the winter are guaranteed to leaf out in the spring under the same conditions.

Additional Info :

Color Dark Green

5. Southern Living Baby Gem Boxwood (Hedge, Bush, Green Foliage) (Cant Ship TN), 2 Gallon

Features :

  • USDA Prohibits Shipping Live Plants to: TN.
  • Brand Name: Southern Living Plant Collection
  • This petite-leafed evergreen lives up to its name, producing smooth, glossy dark-green leaves while simultaneously achieving an easily manageable size of 3 feet tall and wide.
  • The Baby Gem Boxwood works tremendously well in smaller gardens due to its compact dwarf size, and is ideal in low shrub borders, formal hedges, natural hedges, container gardens, and numerous other applications.
  • The slow to moderate rate of growth makes these boxwoods remarkably easy to maintain, with pruning being optional during the spring. Once established, these plants are drought, heat, and deer tolerant, making it one of the hardiest shrubs available.

Additional Info :

Color Multicolor
Item Dimensions
Height 28
Width 10
Length 10

6. Winter Gem Boxwood – 20 Live Plants – 2″ Pot Size – Buxus Microphylla Japonica – Fast Growing Cold Hardy Formal Evergreen Shrub

Features :

  • Grown, packaged and shipped exclusively by Florida Foliage. An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.
  • This is the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for shearing into a small, formal hedge. Ideal for defining different spaces in the garden or for a tidy foundation cover-up. It is especially lovely against red brick. Use as a partition to divide your front yard or driveway from your neighbor’s. Also beautiful as background foliage. Creates lovely topiaries, particularly in cone shapes if planted where it snows. An excellent plant for parterres and hedge mazes
  • Winter Gem is a round-shaped cultivar that is relatively vigorous. It tolerates a wide range of sites and uses. New foliage emerges a lime-green color and transitions to a deep, glossy green. It has a tendency to bronze when exposed to direct winter sun but the bronzing will quickly disappear in spring as temperatures rise and as new growth emerges. ‘Winter Gem’ is very similar to the cultivars ‘Wintergreen’ or ‘Faulkner’. Deer resistant.
  • Winter Gem Boxwood should be pruned each year in late winter to early spring to maintain desired shape. Use hand pruners or shears. Additional lighter prunings may be necessary in early to mid-summer, depending on the desired look and vigor of the plant. ‘Winter Gem’ tolerates more radical pruning if the plant has outgrown its desired size. Thinning is not necessary on this cultivar. ‘Winter Gem’ is very resistant to boxwood leafminer and very tolerant to boxwood blight.
  • Winter Gem Korean Boxwood is the ‘go-to’ boxwood for colder areas of the country. Much more hardy than other boxwoods, it will stay fresh and green all winter, even with temperatures falling to minus 20. If you want boxwood hedges, balls and other clipped shapes, or just want a naturally-dense and rounded evergreen shrub, this reliable plant will give you what you want.

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Height 10
Width 12.5
Length 21
Weight 2.5

7. Premier Plant Solutions 12840 Winter Gem Boxwood/Buxus, 3 Gallon

Features :

  • This densely branched dwarf form of the common boxwood exhibits greater cold hardiness & darker green foliage than the species.
  • Mature Height and Width: 2-3 Feet Tall and 3-4 Feet Wide
  • Hardiness zones: 4-9
  • Suggested 2-Day Shipping for optimal plants
  • Plant is subject to not reflect exact pictures, due to trimming and season.
  • Plant may ship dormant to semi-dormant from October-April
  • Does not ship to CA, OR, WA, MT, ID, UT, AZ, NV, HI, AK

Additional Info :

Color Winter Gem
Item Dimensions
Height 28
Width 11
Length 11
Weight 16

8. Baby Gem Dwarf Boxwood – Live Plant – Full Gallon Pot

Features :

  • Deliveries to CA, OR, WA, AZ, UT, ID, NV, MT, ND, SD will be shipped Bareroot. All other states will be shipped in the pot.
  • Baby Gem Boxwood, Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Gregem’, is a broadleaf evergreen. Use a few as edging plants, or plant one in your perennial bed for some definition. You can even use these in containers for your patio or front porch. They’re small enough, and hardy enough, to work in many locations in your yard.
  • Baby Gem Boxwood will grow up to 3 feet in height with an equal spread. It has a compact, rounded form and is both heat and drought tolerant. Baby Gem Boxwood is generally a low-maintenance shrub so won’t require much care from you. It can be left to grow naturally beautiful, or trimmed to fit your needs…including being amenable to topiary designs.
  • Mature Height ( 2-3 Feet ) — Mature Width ( 2-3 Feet ) — Exposure ( Full sun to shade ) — Hardiness Zones ( 5-9 )
  • Grown in Full Gallon Pot — We can not guarantee flowers at time of purchase — May ship dormant when ordered from November thru April

9. Southern Living Plant Collection 2.5 Quart – Baby Gem Boxwood, Green

Features :

  • USDA Zones: 5-9 – Mature Size: 3′ H x 3′ W
  • Buxus microphylla ‘Gregem’ PP21159
  • Southern Living Plant Collection
  • Ships from the Alabama Gulf Coast
  • Care instructions: Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. During its second season, water 1-2 times per week depending on the weather. Afterward, it only needs supplementary water during times of extreme heat and drought. Fertilize your plant with variety specific fertilizer 2-3 times during the growing season, starting in early spring.
  • Expected blooming period: No Blossoms
  • Sunlight exposure: full sun to part shade

Additional Info :

Color Green
Item Dimensions
Height 20
Width 7
Length 7
Weight 6

10. Winter Gem Boxwood – 15 Live Plants – Low Maintenance Formal Evergreen Hedge

Features :

  • An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.
  • This compact evergreen shrub produces inconspicuous white flowers in spring. Among the hardiest of boxwoods, in the winter, it maintains dark green velvety foliage. Matures to 3-5 feet. Performs best as a shrub for small hedges.
  • This evergreen shrub needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering daily. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed weekly, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Mulching is recommended to detour weeds, and to keep the moisture content high. During plant maturity pruning is necessary to encourage branch development.
  • Flourishes in partial to full sun in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9, even in drought times.
  • Grown, packaged and shipped exclusively by Florida Foliage.

A gift basket is a common and easy option to give to a friend, client, host, or in-laws, but all too often, they’re filled with uninspiring, bland items.

We have something for everyone here, from comforting tea to coffee and cheese to specialized things—there’s a personalized boxwood gem for everyone in your life. If you know your giftee’s general interests, you can find them an appropriate boxwood gem.

Buying Guide to Choose the Best boxwood gem

Shipping Process

boxwood gem often takes more time to ship because many are assembled to order. Also, some gift baskets can only be shipped and delivered during the week due to the inclusion of perishables. Be sure to check processing and shipping times before ordering to ensure they’ll get there in time. If you’re ordering something that includes more delicate items, like cupcakes, you should be aware that they could get damaged (visually) in transport.

Variety

The boxwood gem come in all shapes and sizes, but you’ll definitely want to read the “What’s Included” list carefully. Some gift baskets are super niche—all cheese or all nuts, for example—and others include a variety of items with a theme—like breakfast treats. Decide whether you’d rather gift someone larger quantities of a favorite food/drink or give them a wide selection to sample.

Value

The boxes tend to be expensive because they include many expertly curated items. If you’re on a budget, look for smaller gift baskets that curate a singular type of item—fruit or chocolate, perhaps. But, if you have a larger budget, you may be able to select a gift basket with a variety of items, including tea, cheese, and other specialty goods. Consider how much you would pay for the individual items in the basket and then factor in the convenience of a pre-packaged selection, the presentation, and the uniqueness of the items (maybe the basket includes specialty items you can’t find easily elsewhere).

Packability

Techgearlab started our packability testing by measuring the actual dimensions of every model. They evaluated the diversity of objects they could fit inside and considered the efficiency of their overall size vs. capacity. We jammed them to the brim and then tried to find specific objects buried within. We tested lids and latches, considering their effectiveness and ease of use. We also took into account the optional sizes and colors in which each bin can be purchased.

Versatility

To test each model’s versatility, we stacked them (if we could) in as many places as possible to see where they work best. We put them on garage shelves and closet tops, sliding them under beds and into cuboid living room shelves. And though the aesthetic appeal of anything is very subjective, we also evaluated their general look and where they’re best suited to “living.”

Portability

Testing this metric involved a lot of toting around full bins. We checked handles for placement, comfort, and security. We considered the box’s dimensions for easy carrying downstairs and through doorways. And we scrutinized how gracefully each could handle a load of seriously heavy books.

What Features Should You Look for in a boxwood gem?

The selection of bins at The Bruins Blog offers convenient features that make storage and organization a breeze. Features include:

  • Latching functionality – Add an extra layer of security to contents stowed inside with a latching lid. Enjoy peace of mind that the contents of the boxwood gem will not spill during transport.
  • Decorative embellishments – If your boxwood gem is going to stay out in the open and be seen by employees or guests, look into the sleek and presentable designs, materials, and colors available at Staples.
  • Transparent walls – When you have many identical boxwood gem in close proximity and need to see the contents inside, look for boxes with transparent walls. The clear plastic construction makes it easier to find supplies without removing everything first.
  • Collapsible construction – Collapsible boxes fold up for compact storage when not in use. When you have intermittent storage needs, these boxes can be easily hidden away without taking up much space at all.
  • Open-top design – When you require constant and quick access to the contents inside, look or open-top storage bins. These boxes have no lids, but what they sacrifice in security they make up in sheer convenience.
  • Locking mechanism – Some boxwood gem contain locking mechanisms for secure storage of private or sensitive documents and materials.
  • Soft material – For storing kids’ toys or pet toys, storage boxes made from fabric and other soft materials have no hard or sharp edges.
  • Airtight lid – Airtight options are great for keeping contents from oxidizing, from old documents or belongings to perishables like snacks for the office.
  • Handles – Small and medium boxes that will be moved around often benefit from handles for easy transport.
  • Wheels – Some larger bins and totes feature smooth-rolling casters for easy mobility so you can rearrange the storage containers at will with no lifting necessary.
  • Stackable – Store multiple bins easily, neatly, and efficiently with boxes that feature flat bottoms or notches that fit into indents in sister storage bins.

MATCH THE boxwood gem TO THE USE

Before you choose a boxwood gem for storing or moving your belongings, you’ll want to consider these factors:

  • What will you be storing? Are the items fragile or easily broken? Will the contents easily absorb odors? How valuable are these items?
  • Where will you be storing this stuff? Will you be storing inside your home in a closet where your stuff will stay cool and dry or inside your garage or attic, where they might be exposed to high temps and humidity? Do you plan to use an indoor storage unit, which can offer good protection against the elements?
  • How long will you be storing? Will this be temporary storage that’s part of a move or remodeling project or long-term storage?
  • How often will you need access? Will you be using these items occasionally, so you’d want easier access than something used just once a year or less?

Once you’re clear about these factors, you’re ready to consider the different types of storage boxes. While these range in price and quality, it’s important to choose boxes or containers that are appropriate for specific use.

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