Top 5 Evergreen Shrubs to Grow in Your Garden

Evergreen shrubs are a great choice for gardens so that you have some interest all year round. They will not lose their leaves and may even provide much wanted scent or colour to a garden which can otherwise look a bit bleak in the winter months. They can be used a stand-alone plants or put together to form hedging or a mixed border. There are lots to choose from and it is a good idea to get to know a bit about some varieties so that you can decide whether they will be right for you and your garden. Below are a few popular examples that you might like to choose.

Box

Box is a popular choice for a hedge as it is compact with small leaves but it can easily be clipped into a shape. It could be used as edging for beds, put in a pot or grown into a large bush. It is happy in shade as well which means that it is a versatile plant for spots that get little sunshine and can also work well under trees. It is happy planted into the soil or in a container and so suitable for different uses. It does like well drained soil, but if it is in the sun it will like more watering. If it is in a container it is more likely to dry out and need watering more often.

Camelia

Camelia has a really glossy and dark green foliage which is very pretty all year round. They also have very pretty flowers in the spring time which vary from pink and red to yellow and white. They can be large, but there are some dwarf varieties available which will stay smaller. They are happy partly in the shade as well, which means that they can be planted under trees. They will need an acid soil though and so if you live in an area that has alkaline soil then you will need to plant them in a tub with some acidic compost.

Aucuba

Aucuba is a very tough shrub which means that it will tolerate all sorts of conditions, such as full shade, dry soil and even salty coastal conditions. It comes with plain and variegated leaves and the green with yellow speckles is the most popular which has earned it the name ‘spotted laurel’. It has large leaves which are glossy and leathery. The female plants have bright red berries in the autumn as long as there is a make pollinator plant nearby. It can be used as a hedge but is also just a useful plant for growing in areas of the garden that other plants do not grow well in.

Lavender

Lavender is a pretty plant that comes in many different varieties. It has lovely flowers in the summer which smell lovely and they can be picked and dried to be used to scent drawers and other places around the home. It is a hardy plant which can be grown to form edging or hedges if left to grow large enough. It also attracts bees and butterflies so if you want your garden to become a friendly habitat to wildlife then it can be a great choice. The plants are most suitable for light and sandy soil and are drought resistant as well because they have origins in the Mediterranean.

Holly

Holly has really glossy, dark leaves which are spiny or smooth and there are variegated varieties as well. It will also have dark red berries in the winter as well. It can be used to make a dense hedge and it is also popular for taking a cutting from for Christmas decorations. It has spring flowers that attract bees and then berries will follow on the female plants as long as there is a make pollinator nearby. The berries are attractive to birds and so it is a great plant for attracting wildlife into the garden. It tolerates harsh conditions as well and so will grow in most gardens.

It is important to think about where you will be planting the shrub as well as what your soil conditions are like so that you will be able to make sure that the plant will suit your garden. Think about whether you want something that flowers or has berries or whether you are fussy bout what colour the leaves will be. There are more than these to choose from but hopefully, this will have given you some ideas of what you should be considering and what sort of choice there is available for you.

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Ideas for Gardening in Small Spaces

If you only have a small space for your garden, whether that is a back yard, space in front of your house or a balcony, then it is still possible to have a lovely space. It is worth having a think and considering a few different ideas and you could end up transforming the space into a lovely garden or retreat.

Plan in Advance

It is important to start by thinking about what you want the garden for. If you want to use it as a space for entertaining, then you will need room to do that. If you want it to look pretty from inside, then you need to consider what you will need to do in order to achieve that. If you want to grow vegetables or plants that you can cut and take indoors then you will need a completely different approach. So, think about if it is going to be pretty or practical or both. Consider what sort of space you would like it to be and then you will be on your way to creating something that will match up with your expectations.

Look at Others for Inspiration

Do not worry if you do not have a detailed plan though. Just having an idea of what sort of use it will be for will be enough to get going. You will then need to plan in more detail. This might seem tricky but with the Internet on hand it can be much simpler than you think. Have a look at what other people have done with their small spaces and this will help to inspire you. You should be able to find plenty of articles and pictures online for this and it should help to inspire you for what you can do with your small space. You may want to take some ideas for one garden and others form another, you can mix and match ideas to get the space the way that you want.

Consider What to Do Under Foot

It is often not thought about that much, but considering what is on the ground can make a big difference. Having a path can make an area look larger if it winds around or leads to somewhere unseen. The colour can also make a difference with a brighter material reflecting light and making the space look roomier. You also need to think about what the garden will be used for and what might be practical. Stone will be flatter than grass for seating and will not need to be mowed. Grass is more comfortable underfoot than gravel. Slate or bark chipping could protect against weeds growing.

Screening

Most gardeners will use some sort of fencing to give privacy and security to their outside space. Many will use a standard fence but there are lots of alternatives which are worth considering. You can have horizontal fencing boards, for example or you might like to have a living wall of plants which will screen out noise pollution and create a colourful backdrop. A hedge is an alternative. Some people might prefer a brick wall as it is more durable than a fence, particularly if the garden is prone to windy conditions.

Plants

It is worth being thoughtful about the plants that you choose for your garden. It can be lovely to have something that smells good, is colourful or has berries and pretty leaves. Consider though, what the garden will look like all year round as a winter garden can look rather bleak unless you have hardy plants that have leaves all year long. There are also plants which change colour in the winter which give a pretty look to the garden. It is therefore worth thinking about how they will look as well. Consider all seasons, it is easy to just think about summer, when we will be in the garden more, but if you can see it through a window, then it can be nice to have it looking good all of the time.

Details

Consider whether you want any accessories in your garden. This could be a table and chairs or bench, BBQ, sunshade or something for accommodating people in the space. You could also consider a water feature or ornamental items. This birdbath, statue, decorative pots, sundial etc. There are lots of things that you can choose but you will need to think about what you need and what will fit in with the garden that you are planning.

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