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Selecting the Best Evergreen Shrubs for Your Yard

Posted on October 26th, 2015 by Prunin Arboriculture & Landscape

Whether it’s your style to undertake your garden landscaping on your own or to get the professionals in, reading up on the best evergreen shrubs for your yard is a must. You may think that all evergreen shrubs are created equal, but there are many different kinds, and some will be more suitable for your needs than others. Mistakes can be costly in terms of your garden space as well as financially, so make sure you know what you’re looking for before you buy. For example, consider the type of soil you have, your yard area, and the purpose you want the plant to serve.

Purple LavenderMahoniaRed Berries with Green Leaves

Small Spaces
Many evergreens such as spruce and firs can grow up to 50 feet in height. However, if you have a small yard or outdoor area, boxwood is the perfect evergreen to cultivate. This compact plant can grow to a height and width of 5 meters, but is also easily shaped to provide a living wall where required. Another ideal – and even smaller – option for small spaces is holly. With beautiful seasonal red berries and glossy green leaves, holly bushes grow to 18 inches maximum, and are as decorative as they are functional.

Often overlooked evergreens are those which have a function beyond forming a privacy wall, or ground coverage. The bright purple flowers of the various varieties of lavender available make it a beautiful splash of color in any yard, as well as lending a gentle fragrance to your garden. As happy in a large flowerpot as in a border, this particular evergreen is suitable for even the smallest yard.

Ground Cover
Both Blue Star Juniper and some varieties of Mahonia are low-growing shrubs that are ideal for ground cover as opposed to growing tall enough to form a border or other barrier. Both are happy in a variety of soils.

As with all garden landscaping projects, make sure you’re not planting shrubs that have complex and long root systems too close to the house, or to other plants and trees that could be adversely affected.

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