LESSON 4 | Evergreen Textures & Foliage – Crocker Nurseries


Everyone seems to be drawn to flowers. When you have plenty of “impulse buys” in your yard, they’re greater than possible flowering vegetation. We are going to speak about flowers and flowering shrubs and timber within the subsequent lesson, however on this lesson we’re going to get you to look extra carefully at foliage texture and shade.

Sadly, nearly all of flowering vegetation are in flower throughout a interval much less that half of the yr. So what concerning the different half? Board up the home and go to Florida? Why not design your gardens with the concept that you’ll be having fun with them yr spherical?  Why not invite vegetation into your yard that can “Wow” you in the midst of the winter as a result of it’s this time of yr that you may truly see and admire the intricacies of leaf and needle sample and shade and texture of evergreen foliage.

Picture courtesy of Iseli Nursery.

We’ve gone over common structure of vegetation in a mattress so you may have a suggestion of the dimensions and unfold of the vegetation that ought to go within the house. Now what vegetation? One of many largest errors of novice gardeners is to purchase all perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs for his or her basis plantings. This appears superb in the summertime and early fall however by Nov 1st, every little thing is gone. The ethical of the story is to plan for all seasons. That begins with evergreens. They’re the “bones” of your panorama.

Does an evergreen= an evergreen = an evergreen??

Completely not! There are a lot of several types of evergreens beginning with the 2 main classifications: Needle evergreens (leaves which are composed of small or lengthy needles) and Broadleaf evergreens (Evergreen leaves which are small to massive however leaf-like) . Inside these classifications is a substantial amount of selection and textures and colours of foliage.  Mixing these textures creates a substantial amount of curiosity. Mixing them with coordinating flowering vegetation will be excellent. Beneath are some very attention-grabbing evergreens that you may incorporate into your design. They’re under no circumstances your entire listing however they’re very distinctive and can get you to start out noticing what is on the market.

Picture courtesy of Iseli Nursery.

Chamaecyparis obtusa “Nana Gracilis’ – Dwarf Hinoki Cypress together with the opposite cultivars of Hinoki Cypress have distinctive fan-like darkish inexperienced foliage. Relying on the variability they develop from 2’- 12’ tall. They’ve very dense, layered foliage that creates a really distinctive look within the backyard. Due to the very darkish inexperienced foliage, they are going to enable lighter vegetation to pop!

Camelllias – Camellias have superb flowers that seem like roses. Nevertheless their foliage is simply as beautiful. Since their blooming time is late Fall into early Spring, these stunning shrubs are largely appreciated for his or her foliage throughout late Spring, Summer season and early Fall. The easy leaves are very shiny and most are serrated (little tooth alongside the sides). They make an excellent background for different flowering vegetation due to their darkish inexperienced shade and shininess of their leaves.

Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera Aurea Mop – Okay, this plant is simply enjoyable trying. And the golden shade is unbelievable! Bear in mind- the extra solar it will get, the brighter yellow it will likely be. The weeping type makes it actually stand out amongst different shrubs. It appears nice with different conifers in shades of blues and darkish inexperienced. Additionally in the event you can plant it above a rock wall or in a rock backyard, it should drape over gracefully.

Pinus strobus ‘Blue Shag’- This dwarf number of Japanese White Pine is a beautiful addition to any backyard. It has lengthy, comfortable, blue-green needles that you may’t assist however run you fingers by means of. It loves full solar and it’s a gradual grower however can attain 6’ throughout in time. It might combine properly with blue or yellow flowering perennials and even yellow foliage conifers.

Prunus Laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ – This compact broadleaf evergreen is a cultivar of Cherry Laurel. It grows 3-4’ tall and 6-8’ broad and tolerates shade. The shiny darkish inexperienced leaves are slim and level upward giving the plant a singular type.  It blooms within the Spring, however after the blooms go by, it has a lovely darkish inexperienced look that can give an ideal backdrop to the colours of the shade backyard.

Euonymus japonica ‘Aureo-marginata’-  This evergreen shrub has inexperienced leaves edged in gold- that’s the way it bought it’s latin identify Aureo (gold) Marginata ( Border or Margins). It grows in solar to half shade however the rule of yellow foliage vegetation is that the extra solar, the extra yellow. The colourful foliage could be very dense so it will make an excellent backdrop or low hedge to develop different smaller vegetation in entrance. It might make a pleasant specimen combined with dwarf conifers in a very evergreen backyard. It grows 5-10’ tall and 4-6’ broad, however will be saved decrease with pruning.

Picea pungent ‘Globosa’- This Globe Blue Spruce offers you the fantastic thing about a treasured Blue Spruce with out the massive measurement. The beautiful brilliant blue needles preserve their shade all yr spherical. This shrub actually is just too spectacular for use as something however a specimen. It’s gradual rising however will finally attain 3-5’ tall and 5-6’ broad. It prefers solar however will take slightly shade. Planting this together with different cool colours and whites can be attractive.

Pinus mugo ‘Valley Cushion’- This dwarf Mugo Pine is even a extra compact model. Mugos have such a particular look and have been a staple within the Cape Cod panorama for many years. The candles that stretch upwards are very distinctive and provides this plant an uncommon texture and type. This specific selection will get only one’ tall however will unfold 4’ broad. It’s worthy of a being a specimen plant in an area all its personal.

Ilex x meservaea ‘Blue Princess’- This is among the hottest feminine hybrid holly picks. So far as texture, these attractive leaves, have all of it. They’ve a lot texture, they could chew. A holly, nicely positioned within the yard will give seasons of enjoyment to you and your wildlife. A holly grower as soon as advised me {that a} holly will take solar and can take wind, however not each. So in his thoughts, the perfect placement can be half shade and safety. These are acid-loving and do desire soil with natural matter.  This hybrid with develop 10-15’ tall and 8-10’ broad.

Cedrus deodora ’Snow Sprite’- This plant is like nothing you may have ever seen! It’s a dwarf mounding choice of Himalayan cedar. Within the spring it has dramatic ivory-white new progress which turns creamy yellow in the summertime. This conifer grows in a decent irregularly mounding type and can attain 3’ tall and a pair of.5’ broad.  That is so shockingly stunning, it must stand alone and be admired. I might pair this with tight-growing gray foliaged perennials.

These will not be the one evergreens with attention-grabbing foliage however they’re a few of our favorites. Inside every of those teams are many different varieties and cultivars. The trick is to note them. Go to the nursery earlier than the flowers are out and look within the fields and the show gardens and see how stunning and distinctive evergreens will be and use these because the bones within the backyard design.  It will give your design extra construction and you may then fill round it with flowering, deciduous shrubs, perennials and grasses.  As we have now discovered in earlier classes, all the time be sure to know the eventual measurement of the shrub and provides it the room it must develop to maturity. Have enjoyable!



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