The Q&A Archives: Full Sun Evergreens

Question: We would like suggestions. We need some evergreen foundation plantings that will be in full sun. We want evergreens since it is a very visible spot. (we have a lovely detached garage at the back of our yard and is in full view from our kitchen and bedroom)

Thank you

Answer: There are a number of evergreen plants you can use as foundation plantings. Some of the more popular choices include "Emerald" arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald'), which is a small tree or tall evergreen shrub. It has flat, long-lasting needles and a dense growth-habit. Emerald arborvitae has a narrow, upright form and attains a height of 15'-20', with a spread of 4'-6'.

Irish junipers (Juniperus communis 'Stricta') has a dense growth-habit and narrow, columnar form. Irish juniper has a wonderful bluish-green color and grows to 10'-12' in height.

"Little Red" holly (Ilex x 'Little Red') has a dense growth-habit and compact nature (5' x 5'). These evergreen shrubs produce attractive red berries and have a moderate growth rate. Little Red holly can be grown in full sun or partial shade, and it likes well-drained soil with a pH that is acidic.

Eastern Hemlock and White Pines also make lovely additions to the landscape - but they can get quite tall.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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