Tips for Landscaping with Evergreens:
- Plant evergreens in spring or in autumn before the ground freezes.
- Add varied shapes of evergreens to your lawn for unique, visual interest.
- A row of hedges adds a classic horizontal element, ideal for bordering walkways or outlining an herb bed or perennial flowerbed.
- Tall, slender evergreens add texture, height, formality and visual interest when placed on either side of the entrance to the house, at the corners of an open patio, or in front of a stone or brick wall or fence, serving as elegant, live columns. Many varieties can be grown in containers.
- Rock gardens and low stonewalls visually spill forth with the rich color and texture of cascading, creeping evergreens.
Evergreen Plantings List by Basic Shapes:
Broad Leaf, Flowering Evergreen Trees and Bushes
- Add visual beauty and variation: Examples: Gardenia, Magnolia Tree, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Citrus, and Lilac.
Broad Conical Evergreens
- Traditional Christmas-tree shape with a wide, horizontal base, add height and beauty when planted alone. Examples: Norway Spruces, White Fir, and White Spruce.
Narrow Conical Evergreens
- Tapered from base to tip. Can fit in smaller areas than the broad conical varieties. Examples: Dwarf Alberta Spruce, and Blue Column Juniper.
Narrow, Columnar Evergreens
- Tapered branches grow straight up. Lends a vertical formality to the landscape. Examples: Mediterranean Cypress, Junipers, and Irish Yew.
- Species vary in height. Often used along foundation walls of buildings. When planted in a row, it creates a classic horizontal hedge form. Holly adds texture, color and interest. Examples: Boxwood, Holly, and Edging Box.
- Add texture, interest and visual contrast to the lower vertical landscape. Examples: Wilton Carpet Junipers, Spreading English Yew, and Weeping Colorado Blue Spruce.
Once you have considered the various trees, hedges, and ground covers you’d like to incorporate into your landscape, sketch an evergreen planting plan for spring.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.