I'm often asked about boxwood care both in the garden and in the home. At the risk of sounding like a broken record let it be known that I love boxwood! When boxwood orbs and topiary entered the decor scene several years back I was so happy! While some designers would argue that every room needs something black I would say that every room needs something green. Boxwood is a nice option for those of you who claim to have black thumbs because the green is so vibrant and with little care a preserved orb will last many years.
I've never actually preserved boxwood myself, but have always wanted to. Several years ago with good intentions I bought all the stuff to do it, but never got around to preserving it. Please tell me that someone else does this. If you have access to fresh boxwood and would like to give it a try, this tutorial looks like a good one. Orbs are much easier to find than they used to be. Look for them in places like Homegoods or TJ Maxx. The ones in the image above came from Joss & Main. They are about 2-3 years old and still look as good as they did when they were new. To keep them looking fresh lightly mist them with water monthly or so. If you're like me and forget to, don't worry. They are very resilient! Also, keep them out of direct sunlight as the sun will turn the foliage.
Each Christmas I make a boxwood wreath for our front door. Trader Joes sales them for around $12 I think. If you decide to make your own wreath, I highly recommend soaking the ends of the branches in water overnight before you do. This keeps it fresh a little longer. If you plan to use your wreath inside, it might enjoy spending the night outside in the fresh air. Indoor heat can make the leaves brittle in a hurry. Also give it a light mist of water when you can remember. If you are using boxwood branches in an arrangement, then keep them in water just like you would flowers. They will last a long time!
I hope this helps!