According to the calendar, winter is only supposed to last about 3 months. But as far as a lot of our plants and landscaping is concerned, winter lasts much longer. The leaves start falling off our trees by mid-November and they do not typically return until May, which means most yards look pretty barren for about 6 months.
A great way to make sure your front and back landscaping looks lush, green, and alive all year long is to incorporate some evergreen plantings into the mix of trees, bushes and other plants.
In order to choose the correct evergreens for your yard, it’s important to learn a bit more about them. For example, there are two main types of evergreens: broadleaf, and conifers.
Broadleaf evergreens feature leaves that remain green throughout the year and often flower in the spring. Common examples include rhododendrons and azaleas, which bloom in the spring but then remain leafy and hearty-looking year round. Other types of broadleaf evergreens include boxwood and blue holly varieties.
If you are looking for plants that will help to fill in blank spaces in your landscaping, blue hollies are a wonderful choice; they can get extremely large and are quite vigorous; as a bonus they will supply you with plenty of branches covered with red berries during the holiday season. As a general rule of thumb, broadleaf evergreens should be planted in an area that is protected from the winter wind; for instance, some rhododendrons planted near a window will not only keep the plants healthy and happy, they will also provide you with some shade and privacy.
Conifers, or needled evergreens come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. From pyramidal trees to shrubs like yews or mugo pines that are more globe-shaped, conifers offer a nice touch of green, even during the harshest winter months. Of course, perhaps the most famous conifer is the Christmas tree, with its lush and generous branches covered with rich green needles.
In order to be able to enjoy your conifers both from inside and outside your home, they should be planted in key locations where they can be viewed from indoors. Conifers like spruces, firs and pines will provide you with plenty of privacy and they can also help protect your home and other landscaping from the harsh northeast wind. In fact, we have found that conifers block the cold so well, if they are planted in the right spots they can actually help to lower your energy bill.
At Giant Landscaping, we are happy to help you with to determining the best evergreens for what you need in your landscape.