I’ve been working with nursery plants for many years and I know the tricks of the trade. A beautiful, well-maintained garden can not only make your home look great, but also add value to it. The secret to keeping a garden looking good year round is to plant lots of different types of trees and shrubs that have staggered flowering times, so that there is always something in bloom or showing off its gorgeous foliage. Here are some ideas about what types of plants are best for your climate.
Coniferous Evergreen Trees
Coniferous evergreen trees are trees that are evergreen, meaning they keep their leaves all year round. They have needles instead of regular leaves like deciduous trees do. Coniferous evergreen trees are also called needle-leaf trees because they have needles, not leaves.
There are many different species of coniferous evergreens available for indoor plants and for landscape use!
Evergreen shrubs are easy to grow, and they make great screens. These plants can also be used as hedges, borders, ground cover, underplanting or topiary.
Evergreens are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you can choose the right plant for your garden or yard. You might want to add a row of evergreens along the back fence; place them around the front of your home for screening; use them for privacy screening behind your home; or plant several varieties in a large container on your patio.
Hardy ferns are a great choice for your house. They are small and easy to grow, and they are beautiful. These plants will help make your home look great no matter what kind of conditions they have to deal with.
If you have a shady area that gets too much moisture, or if you want to add some greenery to a dry area where it is hard for other plants to live, then these ferns will be perfect! They can even handle being in wet areas or bogs because they do not need much water at all!
Dwarf Conifers for Shady Areas (Part 1)
- Conifers are a good choice for shady areas.
- Use conifers as windbreaks.
- Conifers can be used to control erosion, especially on steep slopes.
- For privacy, plant tall conifers that grow slowly and don’t need pruning or shearing.
Sun Sheltering Plants
Sun-sheltering plants are an excellent choice for bright, sunny spots. They can be grown in full sun if you have a spot with no shade. A good example of this is the dwarf hibiscus, which will grow to about 2 feet tall and wide. Another good choice is the passionflower vine (Passiflora caerulea). This fast-growing vine can grow up to 10 feet long and 4 feet wide, so it’s perfect for growing over your deck or patio!
Dwarf Conifers for Shady Areas (Part 2)
Pinus mugo is a small, evergreen conifer with a compact, bushy habit. The foliage is dark green and glabrous, and the bark is brownish or greyish.
- Pinus mugo ‘Nana’ (dwarf): This cultivar has dark green needles that grow to 10 cm (4 inches) long and form dense mounds of foliage up to 1 metre (3 feet) high. It’s drought-tolerant once established but doesn’t like too much sun.
- Pinus mugo ‘Compacta’: Similar to ‘Nana’, this cultivar grows more slowly and has longer needles that reach 20 cm (8 inches). The trees are shorter than ‘Nana’ – around 0.5 metres tall by 3 metres wide when mature – with less of an evergreen appearance than their parent species
Flowering Shrubs – Deutzia gracilis
The Deutzia gracilis is a very hardy flowering shrub that can be planted in zones 4-8. This deciduous shrub will grow to be five feet tall and has white flowers that appear in the late summer. The Deutzia gracilis is a good choice for your hedge or screen because of the long flowering period.
Plant this shrub about two feet apart from each other for best results, but you may plant them closer if you have extra space or have a large area to fill with them.
Follow these tips to make your yard look incredible.
- When it comes to planting things in your yard, you can’t go wrong with the tried-and-true tips below.
- Plant perennials in late summer or early fall.
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I hope this has helped you think of some ideas, I’m sure you’ll agree that the trees and flowers listed here are fantastic. If you have any further questions then please don’t hesitate to contact me.