When most trees, shrubs and flowers die down for winter, the evergreen remains the constant source of vibrancy in the garden. With their ability to retain their needles and color, evergreen shrubs and trees provide a warm respite to winter's cold landscape. Hardy and long-lasting, many evergreens grow tall to create makeshift fences and hedgerows. Adaptable, evergreens are oftentimes drought-tolerant and grow in a wide range of soils.
Create an intimate area in the garden to use for outdoor living by planting evergreen trees side by side and along the perimeter of the space. Evergreen trees like Italian cypress have an upright, columnar shape that, when planted along a backyard patio or porch, create a makeshift privacy fence. Italian cypress trees grow 20 to 30 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide, lining the landscape for a commanding presence. Hardy and long-lasting, Italian cypress trees have dark-green foliage and a medium to fine texture. They also retain their color and needles all year long, including in winter when most other plants and trees die down for the season.
Evergreen Ground Covers
Evergreen ground cover helps to fill in spaces around flowerbeds for a vibrant and highly textured landscape design. When planted along a lawn for edging or used in a perennial flowerbed for color, ground covers create a showy garden display. Russian arborvitae, a variety of evergreen ground cover, has a moderate growth rate and fine texture. The arching, flat-topped branches grow 1 to 2 feet tall and 9 to 12 feet wide, ideal for flanking a garden walkway . The stems on the Russian arborvitae hold the small, awl-shaped leaflets, and in the fall, the bright-green foliage casts a burgundy tinge to light up the garden. With its ability to keep its needles, the bright ground cover provides a burst of color all year long.
Shade Garden Shrubs
Light up a shady garden spot by planting shade-loving evergreen shrubs. Bright and blooming shrubs like the Anna Hall rhododendron have puffball-like blooms that emerge in late spring to light up the shaded garden. The 4-inch blooms are pink and sit atop the erect stems that hold the lustrous green leaves. The leaves grow 1 to 2 inches long and contrast with the colorful blooms. Anna Hall rhododendron shrubs grow 3 to 6 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide and prefer full, high shade to thrive. Nestled along a shaded area of the garden, the rhododendron provides a bright burst of color. Nestled along a shaded area of the garden, the rhododendron provides a bright burst of color.