By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI
Many evergreen shrubs offer year-round interest. Their blue, green, or yellow tones make a bold statement in your garden throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. In winter, their bright colors keep the garden looking alive and beautiful against the snowy backdrop of a winter landscape.
Most evergreen shrubs are easy to maintain, with little to no pruning necessary. They can be used in many aspects of the landscape; plant as a single specimen, in a group along a border, or even as a background plant in an ornamental garden. They also provide a nice backdrop for blooming perennials.
Here are a few outstanding evergreen shrubs that would be great additions to your garden:
Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) is a slow growing, round shaped evergreen growing up to 5 feet tall and wide. Stunning blue needles provide year-round interest, even in the dull of winter. This shrub prefers full sun, rich, moist soil and is somewhat drought tolerant once established.
Bird’s Nest Spruce (Picea abies) grows slowly to 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide. It is flat-topped, wider than high. With an indented center, this spruce looks like its common name describes – a bird’s nest. It needs full sun or minimal shade and adapts to many types of soil.
Golden Mops Threadleaf Falsecypress (Thuja occidentalis) is also a slow growing rounded, evergreen shrub reaching heights of up to 5 feet tall and 7 feet wide, depending on the variety. There are smaller varieties that stay only 3-4 feet tall and wide. Golden Mops gets its name from the slightly weeping, scale-like foliage that remains bright yellow all four seasons. It can grow in full sun to partial shade but will become brighter yellow in full sun.
These evergreen shrubs and others are available at Bloch’s Farm. Many trees, perennials, fall annuals, and cool-season vegetable seeds are available as well! Get some colorful mums to complete your fall look! Call 920-294-6000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page.
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