What is an evergreen perennial - Knowledgebase Question

morehead city, nc
Question by jeast
May 7, 2006
I am a new gardner and would like to know what is an


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Answer from NGA
May 7, 2006

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An evergreen perennial would have some basal foliage or possibly stems with leaves on them during the winter. Some will stay in relatively good condition until spring while others become battered and look shabby by then, it depends somewhat on the weather and the growing spot. Bergenia, thyme, Christmas fern and dianthus would be some examples. If you really want an evergreen presence in the garden all winter you might be happier using some smaller growing shrubs. On the other hand, having seasonal changes can add drama and excitement to the garden -- it is a wonderful thing to see things begin to come up again in the spring. Your local professional nursery staff should be able to show you some examples.

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