‘Les Jardins de Marqueyssac’, in the Dordogne

Tradition has it that box topiary should only be clipped after Derby Day (3rd June 2017).  With all the other demands of a June garden, I rarely get around to clipping mine before July.  Don’t leave it much beyond this date otherwise that sharp line that you are after will be buried under a surprising amount of foliage.

When clipping my buxus balls, I always brush them with my hand afterwards.  This helps to more clearly see any leaves that I have missed.  I like to give my buxus a good feed and water after clipping.