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3 Ways to Use Evergreens to Boost Your Garden All Year Round

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Do you have evergreens in your garden? Either needle or broadleaf evergreen?

If your garden looks less than inspiring in winter, you might be missing all these beautiful plants which give structure and greenery to your yard all year round.

Ready to add some boost to your garden for next winter? Great!


Tip #1: Use evergreens to create 'structure' in your garden, aka backbone of your yard

Evergreen plants are called structural plants for a reason, and they create permanence, mass, and greenery for the whole year.

You could use evergreens - conifers or evergreen leafy plants - to give your garden height differences from creeping plants to height columnar conifers and everything in between. 

By having these different masses of green, you'll add lots of texture, form, and visual interest to your yard. You also can block and frame the views that in itself makes your garden even more interesting to wander around (or let your eyes wander) and explore.



Tip #2: Use evergreens in combination with garden features and structures

Look for a balance using hard landscaping and evergreens together to create good bones for your garden. Evergreens also make an excellent backdrop for blooming shrubs and flowers. Hard landscaping alone can look, could we say, pretty harsh and abandoned if it is not used in combination with plants. 

Side by side with evergreens, the structures and garden features can look fabulous when framed by planting that roots them into their place. With the combination of plants and structures like trellises, pergolas, or garden benches, you can add excitement into your garden, focal points for the eye, and supports for plants to grow.



Tip #3: Create natural-looking privacy screens by using evergreens

One of the superessential benefits is that tall evergreens can create natural and charming all-year-round privacy screens. You can use them with other plants or garden structures or as a streamlined clipped hedge.

This kind of screening benefits you all year round as evergreens won't drop the needles or leaves as deciduous plants do. Choose your evergreens wisely, as they are the trusted players in your corner.

Ideas for using the evergreens according to your style: 


You can use evergreens to divide your romantic garden into separate' green rooms' in the form of clipped hedges surrounding your color-themed garden areas or use the clipped hedges to create a perfect background for your summer flowering perennials. You could plant an ornamental parterre of low-clipped boxwood ribbons where you can plant summer flowers in between to give color. Or use topiary as focal points.


If your garden is more natural in style, you'll find many ways to use the plants' natural forms of high columns, nest-like forms, rounds, and creeping forms. Use your evergreens in groups or mixed with other plants like ornamental grasses and other natural-looking plants. Look your inspiration from nature and plant in layers in the most natural position where the plants would thrive organically in your yard.


In a modern-style garden, you could think of the clipped evergreens as rectangular blocks that create walls and division into your yard. It's important to connect their placing with the architecture and scale of your home. You could also use your columnar evergreens as single specimens. Round conifers look great planted with low ground covers or in strict double rows with slate mulch.


Keep up the momentum with the help of my free Evergreen Plant List. Before you can plant your evergreens and grow them successfully, you need to know which ones suit your yard, and I can help you with that! Get my Evergreen Plant List by clicking >>HERE<<.








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