Take a look at your garden and ask yourself “Do I have a good amount of evergreen plants in my garden?” If you answer no, you may find yourself questioning “Why do I even need to worry about the amount of evergreens in my garden?” Many people don’t give a lot of thought to whether they are planting evergreen or deciduous plants in their gardens, but find they seems to be lacking some essential element without really knowing what it is. I’m going to tell you “Why Every Garden Needs Evergreen Plants.”
Perhaps the most important element of a garden is some basic type of structure. This is not to say that your garden needs to be contrived and formal, but that it needs some type of basic form that guides the eye and the design throughout. One thing you will notice throughout professional gardens is a well thought out plan. Your plan can always grow and evolve over time, but having basic structure gives a garden a constant upon which to rely on.
Year Round Interest
With the transitioning of the seasons, your garden will undoubtedly see an ever changing parade of perennials and annuals come and go. Having evergreen plants in your garden will give your garden a basis of greenery upon which to build your other plantings. If you evenly space out evergreens throughout your garden, when winter comes you wont just look out at a seeming barren area of land that serves no purpose for a good portion of the year. Instead, by planting evergreens, you have the opportunity to add year round interest.
If you find your self where to start, you can start small with well placed elements. You can add some dwarf spruce or cypress trees in strategic spots that will draw attention to your other plantings. There are so many types of evergreen shrubs to choose from as well. If you are in a hardy enough zone, camellias are my absolute favorite. Not only do they offer year round interest in the way of constant greenery in their hardy zones, but they are fall and winter bloomers at a time of the year that very few plants are putting out blooms. Many camellia cultivars also get large enough to trim and grow in tree form so they pull double duty. If you don’t live in a zone that allows for camellias, boxwoods are an excellent option for you to maintain some needed shape and greenery.
Odds are, if you are a gardener, you want to be able to enjoy your garden in some capacity, throughout the entire year. Even if you are just looking at your view through the windows of your home, you want some sort of shape and visual interest to engage you. If you include a good mix of evergreen plants throughout your garden, you are sure to do just that!