How To Choose Evergreen Shrubs
Evergreen shrubs are desirable in the landscape because they stay
green throughout the entire year. They do not lose their leaves in the
winter as deciduous shrubs do. Evergreen plants can be broad leaf (wide
leaves like Rhododendron), or have needle-like foliage. They can be
large or small.
Many homeowners look for these shrubs for
their foundation plantings. And why not? It's nice to have greenery all
year long. However, sometimes a particular deciduous shrub can be so
striking, that you may want to look away from the fact that it will be
bare in the winter. The branching structure does remain, so at least
there is some type of form.
These evergreen shrubs are Boxwood 'Green Velvet', one of my favorite types of Boxwood. See a video of this project
- Consider the sun and shade needed by each evergreen shrub. Many plants don't make it due to not being placed correctly. This is a must.
- Understand how tall it will eventually get.
This is very important also. You don't want it to grow above your
windows. At the same time, you might want a tall shrub to soften a blank
wall. With a little planning, your landscape can be very maintenance
- Many evergreen plants do well with average
soil conditions regarding moisture. However, there are some that prefer
wet conditions, while others like it dry. If you know that a particular
area is rather dry or wet, you can take advantage of this by choosing a
shrub that prefers these conditions. For example, Junipers will do very
well in dry soil. If you have an area that you want to do xeriscaping,
these plants would be a good choice. Xeriscaping is using plants that are drought tolerant.
- These types of shrubs can be flowering or non-flowering.
An example of a evergreen plant that does not flower (well, it flowers,
but they are insignificant) is the Holly...but they have beautiful
berries at the end of the season. An example of one that flowers would
be a Rhododendron. They flower for a reasonable length of time and will
provide color and interest to your garden. Both of these plants like
Placement and Choices
You should almost always plant in groups of a variety....five Holly
or seven Azalea. It is also good design to think about textures. An
Azalea looks nice in front of a Holly due to the different size and
shape of leaves. Each one will make the other stand out and complement
the other plant's features.
- Heights - know the mature height of a plant before you purchase it
- Textures - place plants with different textures next to each other
- Flowers- most of these shrubs that flower like some shade
- Sun or shade requirements - watch your property and be aware
- Water needs - drought tolerant plants need VERY little water and thus are low mainteance
be afraid to mix in some deciduous shrubs too. There may be some that
have wonderful features. In addition, be careful if you have deer. Only
use deer resistant varieties.
Designing Front Yards
Learn some great tips on how to create a front yard design that will really be unique and special! Confused about front foundation plants? Are you not sure where to place your plants? Do you want some low maintenance colorful perennials? You will find out about all that and more...take a look.
Designing With Evergreen Shrubs
Take a look at this ebook which has professional ideas, plant recommendations and pictures. You will find out how to use plants together to create an outstanding design and find out which are the right plants to use for your property.
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