Looking for a great year-round green presence in the landscape? Check out these evergreen shrubs.
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Virtues: Its long, narrow leaves, held in a thick clump, serve as a fine-textured element in the landscape. Though it has a spiky look, its leaves are flexible and arching, not rigid, so they move in the breeze. They also …
Planting berrying shrubs or trees is the quickest way to increase the value of one’s property to wildlife. The natural habitat of the groups suggested here is for the most part open, sunny borders such as along a fence; some …
We love the shrub ‘Mount Airy’ fothergilla (Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’) for its fragrant bottlebrush flowers in spring, its size and its fall foliage color.
We love chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), a medium-size deciduous shrub, for its delicate spring bloom, long-lasting red berries and bright fall foliage, which makes it a good substitute for invasive burning bush (Euonymus alatus).
We love amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii) because it is a small deciduous tree with year-round interest.
We love ‘Contorta’ flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Contorta’) for its early bloom and its twisted branches, which lend it more interest out of flower than other quinces.
We love ‘De La Mina’ verbena (Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’) for its mounding habit, long bloom time and drought tolerance.
Here are a few evergreen conifers that make a good groundcover.
When you think of holly, you may picture a rounded or triangular shrub and bright red berries. That’s accurate, but there’s also a great holly that’s tall and skinny—an evergreen exclamation mark in your garden. Read about Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’.
When you’re planning a garden border, it’s crucial to include plants that provide constant visual interest. Here are tips for choosing trees, shrubs and perennials that create structure and maintain year-round interest.