Grow For It! The bones of a garden: evergreens

Greg Stevens

Summer months Brasuel
UCCE Learn Gardener of El Dorado County

Conifers, like pine trees and cedars, are not the only sort of evergreen plants. Evergreens are viewed as as any plant that does not go dormant and retains its leaves yr-spherical.

Evergreens acquire a foremost role in a garden system. Interspersed with deciduous trees and shrubs, evergreens convey “pop” to a yard in a number of means: variegated foliage, height, architectural construction, brilliant flowers and extra.

Examples of vegetation with architectural composition are Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), which have a columnar composition but can also be trained into an arch. Japanese Boxwood, this kind of as Buxus microphylla japonica, “Winter Gem,” can be educated into a topiary adding appealing shapes and even whimsy.

Some evergreens supply 12 months-round curiosity this kind of as the Strawberry tree (Arbutus marina). It has a smooth pink bark, blossoms of pink bells that glance like dainty rain chains that then sort into purple fruit, as a result the identify. The Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica, “Glauca Pendula”) twists into a gentle corkscrew as it grows. It is really extraordinary in its very own controlled and structured way.

Evergreen shrubs are also handy in your design and style. Variegated shrubs are beautiful yr-spherical. Variegated rockrose (Cistus x hybridus, “Mickie’”), has shiny yellow leaves with lime eco-friendly centers all yr round and huge white flowers in summer months. Holly leaf Osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus,Variegatus”) is so perfectly behaved. It qualified prospects a quiet and orderly lifestyle even though exhibiting its variegated leaves of white with green centers. It does like a bit a shade in the afternoon, but other than that it does not inquire for much.

Decorative grasses that remain environmentally friendly and maintain their pom-pom condition calendar year-round can add structural form to a backyard too. A exciting just one is Lomandra (Lomandra longifolia, “Breeze”). A single could even imagine of some succulents as evergreens. They have some incredibly interesting shapes and textures that can bring an eye-catching element to any garden. Examples are Datil Yucca (Yucca baccata, “Datil”) or the variegated Yucca (Yucca filamentosa, “Golden Sword”).

As luck would have it, each one particular of these examples of evergreen trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses can be viewed in the Sherwood Demonstration Back garden at 6699 Campus Travel in Placerville, found at the rear of the Folsom Lake Faculty – El Dorado Middle. The 16 themed gardens have quite a few other examples of evergreens together with other trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative grasses and succulents you might want to include things like in your have back garden layout. The Learn Gardners are just transitioning from wintertime several hours to our heat weather conditions hours. The yard is now open 9 a.m. to noon Fridays and Saturdays.

Master Gardener classes are provided every month throughout the county. Locate the course plan at and recorded lessons on quite a few gardening subjects at public_Training/Lessons.

Mark your calendar for the annual plant profits in April. The edible plant sale — including fruit, veggies and herbs — will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Opt for your favourite edibles and shop the incredible tomato collection grown and cared for domestically by Grasp Gardener volunteers. The decorative plant sale will acquire put 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, that includes a massive assortment of trees, shrubs, grasses, succulents, native and perennial crops. The profits get area at the Sherwood Demonstration Backyard garden, 6699 Campus Generate in Placerville. For a lot more data visit

Have a gardening query? Learn Gardeners are working difficult to remedy your concerns. Go away a information on the business office phone at (530) 621-5512 or use the “Ask a Master Gardener” selection on the site: To sign up for notices and newsletters, see gardener e-information. Grasp Gardeners are also on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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