I am forever impressed at the creativity of our landscape design team. After years and years of experience creating beautiful landscapes for our clients, they never repeat. Each installation is as unique as the needs and dreams of the homeowners. Still, I wondered if they might have certain favorite elements. So I asked about their favorite evergreen –
If you could select only one evergreen variety for your landscape, what would it be and why?
- Lyn Duffy prefers the White Pine, for its soft and beautiful texture.
The eastern white pine has played a very important role throughout the history of America. In colonial days, the best of the trees were set apart by the king for masts on British ships. As the nation grew, the lumber of white pines built our homes and businesses.
Today it is still a valuable commercial tree but also favored in parks and spacious yards—both for its beauty and its fast growth. It has also been named the state tree of both Maine and Michigan. ~ National Arbor Day Foundation
- Bethany Borchak says that for hedges, a less common variety of yew or taxus. She likes to use the wardi yew for a looser hedge. This variety has showy fruit and is useful grouped, planted in mass, in foundation plantings and hedges. Tree-wise, Bethany loves the Vanderwolf’s pine. It is an ornamental evergreen that is under used. Maximum height is between 20-30′ and a narrower width of 15′ wide. Often, not a substitute for arborvitae because of cost. But Bethany says, “I love the needles, they have very upright fine textured needles that make you just want to touch them.”
- Boxwood is the preferred evergreen of Sherrie Mallon in our Field Operations. “I just like the fullness better than a yew.”
- “Nigra Arborvitae, great soft needles, gray green color, works well pruned into a tall hedge”, says Lynn Cavanaugh.
- Samantha Conklin has no clear favorite: “Not so much a favorite but instead I like mass plantings of multiple varieties in small spaces.”
Each response is so different and yet pretty much everyone had a sure favorite. That is because evergreens don’t disappoint. Each landscape needs structure and one of the surest ways to provide it year-round is to purposefully use evergreen shrubs. Besides year-long color and interest, evergreens provide the other plants in the design with a solid anchor and act as a backdrop to the more colorful displays.