Walking around the garden, my heart is warmed by the many evergreens in my garden. They are used in numerous ways, from hedges to accent plants, edgings and ground covers.
Here are the types of evergreens I am using as hedges, and how they function in my garden:
|Euonymus japonica var. aureomarginata|
|Rhaphiolepis indica 'Hines Darkleaf' aka Bay Breeze Dwarf Indian Hawthorn|
|Ilex cornuta 'Bufordii Nana'|
Last year I planted a new hedge of hollies Ilex meserveae 'Castle Spires' and 'Castle Walls'. They should grow to around 15 ft. tall, which will be perfect for the spot in which they're planted. For now, though, they are small and almost forgotten. Eventually they will form a wall of green. A beautiful background for my main rose bed, and at the same time hiding the electrical box that is necessary but unsightly. Plants are so useful!
"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show. " ~Andrew Wyeth
Celebrate winter - use evergreens. Tomorrow we'll look at evergreen accent plants!