One of the saddest things about changing seasons and colder weather approaching is seeing dead plants and bare spots in your garden and yard. If you’re looking to spruce up a barren yard, then evergreen shrubs are the perfect solution to fill that space in. Evergreens are not only aesthetically pleasing but can serve many other purposes depending on where you plant them and what you are planning to use them for.
Many evergreens can grow to massive sizes and require constant trimming, which might not be what you are looking for to fill spaces in your garden. However, you can plant plenty of compact shrubs that will stay within the confines of your designated space.
If privacy is your issue and you just need something to separate your yard from the people next door, consider planting evergreen trees. Most areas require a permit for a fence over 6 feet tall in the backyard and 2 and 1/2 feet tall in the front yard. Acquiring a permit can take up to two weeks, depending on your state. Planting evergreen trees does not require a permit, and you can let them grow higher than a typical fence.
Most evergreens love the sun and require about 6 hours a day of direct sunlight. This will keep their foliage full year-round and maintain the level of seclusion you want. When planting privacy shrubs, no one wants to wait years upon years for their plants to reach full maturity. Fortunately, there are many fast-growing evergreen shrubs that will create more of a privacy screen with green foliage in a short amount of time.
Privacy and visual interest are not the only major benefits that come with planting evergreens. Having shrubs that go all the way to the ground and act as hedges can greatly reduce noise. Studies have shown that a well-placed hedge can lower noise by up to 40%. In addition to noise reduction, evergreens can also block the wind significantly, creating a windbreak for particular plants or areas of your yard.
Certainly, one of the more creative reasons for having evergreens throughout your yard is the availability of holiday decorations just outside your door. Bringing inside the natural aromas from your plants and adding a little holiday flare in the form of homemade wreaths or ornaments will perhaps create a tradition for years to come.
If you are planning to get planting, remember always to check your zones and research which plants will work best for your area! Check your local Southern States location for availability.