The Q&A Archives: evergreens

Question: Hi! I'm a beginner in gardening. I want to plant some evergreens which will not grow fast and tall and some flowers near them.What evergreens would you recommend? As for the flowers I want to have some that bloom all the season. Thank you

Answer: There are a number of evergreen choices; holly, arborvitae or yew are a few suggestions. There are lots of great shrubs to fill in while your evergreens grow. In fact, mixing evergreens and deciduous shrubs makes for a much more interesting planting. You might consider using several different shrubs, which will give a more natural feel to the area, and also provide different areas of focus during the year as shrubs bloom. The area could be interplanted with summer blooming shrubs such as buddleia (butterfly bush), clethra (summersweet), cotinus (smokebush), potentilla, hydrangea, or hibiscus. Fall color is apparent in shrubs such as caryopteris (blue mist), fothergilla, some varieties witch hazel, and amur maple. Plant them where their color will be best displayed. Winter standards include red twig dogwood, and many viburnums which may have berries carried throughout the winter. Position these for a view from the house. There are so many possible spring blooming shrubs! Choices abound! Many are fragrant so place them closest to the walkways or driveways. Consider visiting local public gardens, neighbors with gardens, or a local nursery to help you decide on plants. This will also help ensure that the plants you choose are hardy in your region.

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