Full Sun Evergreens - Knowledgebase Question

Rockville, md
Question by susanmyers
October 23, 2005
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 from NGA
October 23, 2005


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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