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  • Writer's pictureChristiane Gul

"The Beauty of Evergreen Plants in Garden Design."

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

The beauty of evergreen plants in garden design refers to the use of plants that maintain their green foliage throughout the year in garden design. This type of plant is particularly useful in creating a year-round interest in the garden and adding structure to the landscape even in winter when deciduous plants have lost their leaves. Evergreens can provide a backdrop for other plants to showcase their seasonal colors, textures and shapes. They also provide shelter and food for wildlife, and serve as windbreaks, screens, and focal points. In garden design, evergreens can be used in a variety of ways including as:

  • Hedges for privacy or to define garden spaces

  • Ground covers to stabilize slopes or fill large areas

  • Tall trees to provide shade or serve as focal points

  • Shrubs to add height and structure to mixed borders

  • Conifers with interesting foliage, such as needle-like or feathery leaves, to add texture and form.

By considering the form, texture, and colour of evergreen plants, garden designers can create beautiful and dynamic landscapes that bring year-round interest and beauty to the garden.

  • Boxwood (Buxus species)

  • Holly (Ilex species)

  • Juniper (Juniperus species)

  • Yew (Taxus species)

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

  • Lavender (Lavandula species)

  • Euonymus (Euonymus species)

  • Rhododendron (Rhododendron species)

  • Camellia (Camellia species)

  • Azalea (Rhododendron species)

  • Gardenia (Gardenia species)

  • Photinia (Photinia species)

These are just a few examples, and there are many other species of evergreen shrubs to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and growing requirements. When selecting evergreen shrubs for the garden, it's important to consider factors such as the plant's size and shape, foliage colour, and growing conditions (such as sunlight and soil type).

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