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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Boxwoods

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Boxwoods

My garden would not be complete without boxwoods. I use them to create living walls, punctuate entries and serve as focal points. Their bright green foliage pops against the gray winter landscape. You’ll want to plant these workhorse shrubs in full sun to partial shade in fertile, well-drained soil. Even though they are shrubs, they can grow up to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, depending on variety. Trust me when I say that you will not be disappointed with the green foliage these timeless classic beauties bring to your lawn. Keep in mind some boxwoods will “brown out” in the winter, so choose a variety that retains its green color. At Moss Mountain Farm, we plant the Green Velvet boxwoods.

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