Everlasting Evergreens

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When the colors of the garden start to fade, you may find yourself longing for the days when they were abundant in the garden and green grass seemed to be at every turn. While you may not be able to enjoy that particular view until spring arrives again, evergreen shrubs and trees can provide you with a lush, verdant backdrop that’s as beautiful in November as it is in May.

Aside from the vibrant color, there are a number of other reasons to plant evergreens. Large trees can create a screen to provide privacy that won’t wane with the seasons. Additionally, these trees and shrubs can create a buffer or noise barrier between your garden or home and busy streets or loud neighbors.

Whatever your reasons may be for introducing evergreens to your garden, here are just a few of my favorite shrubs and trees to plant.

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Flickr User/Mike Frecklington

Flickr User/Mike Frecklington

Leyland Cypress

Perhaps one of the most popular and often-seen plantings, the Leyland Cypress will grow quickly wherever you plant it if you continue to water. They make excellent privacy screens; however, be aware that over time they often grow 50 feet high (or taller in many cases), meaning you’ll need plenty of space in order to plant them and watch them continue to mature through the years. Plan for 5 to 7 feet between each cypress tree and assume they will be 10 to 15 feet in height after five years of maturation.

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