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GOING GREEN Designing with Evergreens

GOING GREEN Designing with Evergreens

Residential plant life is more than just looks .
In fact , evergreen shrubberies specifically serve as integral components to many of our landscape designs , and for good reason . Besides providing year-round color and visual interest , they offer a wide array of uses in the landscape .
Larger evergreen shrubs provide privacy screening , dampen street sounds , and protect from winds . And smaller shrubs mixed into planting beds give structure during dormant months while they provide highlight in containers . They also can be used as lovely hedge borders around formal garden beds . A variety of sizes offers multifaceted and unique design choices , both in functionality and style . All sizes of evergreens define spaces to landscape designs creating unique areas and helping the eye to interpret thresholds or changes in space . These uses are just the tip of the hedgerow .
If you enjoy the idea of individual spaces in your landscape , you could even create an intimate “ garden room ” with living evergreen walls . With all of these ( and more ) benefits , it is no wonder that we love utilizing them in our projects . In the Southeast , we are fortunate to have four distinct seasons that are temperate enough to offer a wide variety of broadleaf evergreens along with ornamental conifers that can create a wide variety of styles and compositions . Planters are often overlooked , but provide another great area where evergreens can be utilized .
There are a wide variety of evergreen plants ranging from large trees , shrubs , ground covers and vines . Some of our favorites are cryptomeria , arborvitae , boxwoods large and small , hollies , plum yews , camellias , azaleas and ligustrum . For groundcover , our first choices are pachysandra and dwarf mondo grass , and for vines we love clematis and jasmine .
For larger screening , we use cryptomeria , arborvitae and magnolias . While there are dwarf varieties of these plants , it is important to note that you will need enough space for these majestic plants to grow .
We encourage you to look at your own gardens and see the potential for these creative , structural elements that keep it green .
– Jeff Allen , Landscape Architect jalallc . com
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