Mention the word evergreen to some people and visions of overgrown, bagworm laden cedars pop into their heads. In the past, evergreen was synonymous with that vision. Not so today.
Evergreens have many uses in the modern landscape. Often they are used as screens and hedges. They also have a place as a focal point or specimen in the landscape. When the flowering shrubs are dormant in the winter, evergreens stand out against the stark nakedness of the season.
Evergreens come in several types, shapes, colors, and sizes. They can be either broadleaf or conifers.
Broadleaf evergreens include boxwood, euonymus, holly, azalea, rhododendron, viburnum, and more. Now not every variety of the fore mentioned plants are evergreen but there are many that are. Available in golds, greens and varigated foliage, the broadleafs add sparkle when set in among other landscape objects. Sizes range from groundcovers to large stately specimens. There are broadleaf evergreens that are adaptable to just about any growing condition.
Conifer evergreens include juniper, cedar, pine, spruce, yew, and cypress. These can be tall and narrow, short and wide, or combinations of both. Many conifer evergreens are very drought tolerant and can grow in some of the poorest soils. These are some of the toughest plants available for the landscape. This family of evergreens makes excellent windbreaks and privacy screens.