While perusing gardening and seed catalogs this winter, there’s another way you can be an armchair gardener. Take a visual inventory of your landscape. Chances are it lacks color, unless you're in a subtropical area. Evergreen plantings add rich green color to your landscape year round, and visually steps forward throughout winter when color has faded from perennials, annuals and deciduous plants. Incorporating evergreen shrubs and trees to your landscape softens the harsh bleakness of winter, preventing it from appearing dull and bare. When color is sparse in winter, evergreens provide not only color, but also texture, shape and variety to the landscape. Check local garden centers for species suitable to your climate and region.
Tips for Landscaping with Evergreens:
Evergreen Plantings List by Basic Shapes:
Broad Leaf, Flowering Evergreen Trees and Bushes
Broad Conical Evergreens
Narrow Conical Evergreens
Narrow, Columnar Evergreens
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.
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