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
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.
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.
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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