Guide to Evergreen Plants Care and Planting

Many gardeners overlook evergreen plants, though they have many advantages. They keep their foliage all year long and help a garden look beautiful even during winter months. Their foliage is dense and substantial, which makes them a great choice for screens or hedges. Evergreen trees can grow as large as a tree or small as shrub, though they do not grow fast. Besides, these plants are available in many colors, thus contributing great shades to your everyday life.

Evergreen Trees And ShrubsEvergreen Plants for Ground and Hedges

Many gardeners choose evergreens for ground covering. They help to keep a garden vibrant all four seasons. Their thick foliage keeps the area from weeds. Creeping juniper is a nice choice for ground covering, as it grows well on slopes and slope areas.

When you are searching for the ways to screen your garden’s borders from you neighbors or street traffic, pick evergreen plants. Lelandii is a good choice because they grow rapidly. Trim the plant twice a year. Camellia plants also provide foliage all year long.

Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

There are plenty of evergreen plants on the market. You can select pine, spruce, holly, cypress, etc. Consider the size and characteristics before planting any of evergreen trees or shrubs. Some of them can grow bigger than you need. Never plant evergreen plants that grow large near electric lines and buildings. As they shade surroundings, choose the proper place.

Usually gardeners prefer evergreen shrubs. These plants add more color. When you shape foliage, you make shrubs even more attractive.

Here are popular evergreen plants that help to decorate any garden:

  • Eastern White is a fast growing type that is about 8 feet tall and is a perfect choice for specimen planting and creating shade.
  • Pinyon is a slow growing pine that reaches up to 15 feet and is ideal for rock gardens, pots or shrub borders.
  • Monterey grows quickly, it is not tolerant for cool temperatures and arid conditions.
  • Mediterranean thrives in poor solids or any draft condition. It tolerates windy weather and heat. It is about 40 feet tall.
  • Japanese Black reaches up to 60 feet and use as a bonsai specimen for pots.
  • Scotch is not adapted to landscapes and used as a Christmas tree thanks to its blue-green foliage.
  • Colorado blue is up to 50 feet in height and is popular due to its pyramidal form and blue-grey foliage.
  • Douglas is very attractive, fast growing, and usually reaches 80 feet. Douglas is used as screening, specimen and even group plantings.
  • Cedar is an elegant tree. It has clustered needles with erect zones. These trees grow up to 60 feet, and there are available dwarf types.
  • Fraizer evergreen plant has a pyramidal shape and use as a Christmas tree. Other interesting evergreen plants are thuga, leyland, cypress, etc.

Planting Evergreen Plants

It is not easy to advise a person to plant something. Everyone has different taste, likes and dislikes. Before you decided to have evergreen plants, stroll around parks and surroundings and see various species you may like. When you find a tree or a shrub you like, learn their characteristic and see if it will fit into your landscape design and benefit your garden.

Be sure to identify a tree correctly. In any garden center you’ll be able to find answers to your questions. Choose an evergreen plant with thick foliage and healthy looking branches. Most evergreens are sold in containers and burlap casing.

You should dig a hole twice larger than a ball, mix peat moss, and fill in the hole with mixed soil. An evergreen should be planted in slight depression that enables it to catch the moisture and gather things it needs for healthy growth.