I've been thinking a lot about basil this spring and wishing I had land to grow a lot of basil. In particular, I really want to grow a knot garden of 'Boxwood' basil and inside the geometric shapes plant dark basil varieties like 'Purple Ruffles' and 'Dark Opal.' I didn't grow the 'Boxwood' basil picture below, it was photographed at the gardens of Ball Horticulture, but all winter I've been revisiting the picture in my computer.
I keep trying to come up with ways to describe this basil variety but all I can come up with is "adorable." So, I guess the basil is adorable to me. Its compact leaves remind me a lot of the 'WindowBox' basil from seeds given to me by Renee's Garden a couple of seasons ago, and for all I know the only difference between 'WindowBox' and 'Boxwood' could be the name. Although, the Ball Horticulture website says that 'Boxwood' basil is a Ball "exclusive." You can buy seeds for this basil from Burpee.
If you're looking to create an edible front yard and or an edible landscape give 'Boxwood' basil a try this year. As you can see from the picture, it's leaves and growth habit made a good candidate to trim into a border and unless someone takes a cutting they probably wouldn't notice it isn't a hedge. Basil is an easy herb to grow either in the ground or in a container garden.