Evergreens in the garden

Dwarf evergreens bring year around interest to a mixed garden bed. Planted among deciduous shrubs and perennials their dense structure can make a solid background for smaller, airy plants or they can stand alone as a focal point.Colours:Dark to light green, blue to silvery blue they add to any colour scheme.Shapes:Ground-hugging, mounding or small tree forms are available to add interest and variety.The soft, dark green, flat needles of a Balsam Fir or a Yew add soft texture, in direct contrast the upright, sharp pointed needles of a dwarf Spruce add a noticeable zing.Junipers, available in many colours, shapes, textures, and sizes are a significant addition to too many garden beds. Many are not true dwarfs i.e. slow-growing. The information tags need to be read carefully to ensure you are purchasing a compact dwarf.Growing conditions:For the shadier and sheltered bed, Balsam Fir and Yews are suited. Both can take full sun but require shelter from the wind. Some dwarf Junipers can manage light shade but Pines and Spruce do best in full sun.Excellent drainage is required by all especially the Pines.Maintenance:Is minimal. They have been cultivated to keep their shape. Pruning should be kept to a minimum, ideally to remove broken or dead branches only. While your new shrubs get established for the first 2 to 3 years monitor and water as needed.Choosing an evergreen:To find the dwarf evergreen best suited for your garden conditions. Start with knowing your soil type, how much space you have and the amount of shade/sun.Research mature size of the evergreens you have in mind. Chose the right plant for your space. It will not only survive but thrive. Maintenance will also be reduced.