Add colour with ev­er­greens

They’ll add in­ter­est as well as daz­zling tones to your gar­den

Garden News (UK) - - News - Words Geoff Steb­bings

With our gar­dens packed with colour still it’s so easy to for­get that in just a few months the scene will have changed dra­mat­i­cally – and when au­tumn and win­ter ar­rive we rely on ev­er­greens for colour and shape to main­tain the in­ter­est.

The idea of ev­er­greens of­ten con­jures up thoughts of dense, dull, dark green blobs in the land­scape but there are many shrubs that are el­e­gant and colour­ful – and many flower too, so they pay rent all year round and bring bright­ness to the gar­den in the colder sea­sons. Look out for var­ie­gated forms of com­mon ev­er­greens, and don’t dis­miss conifers just be­cause ley­landii has given the whole group a bad rep­u­ta­tion! Many are small, if not ex­actly dwarf, and if clipped from an early age, can be valu­able com­po­nents in small gar­dens.

When con­sid­er­ing what ev­er­greens to plant, think about the shape of plants and the tex­ture of fo­liage as well as the colour. They can add a lot of in­ter­est to your gar­den, rang­ing from the fine fo­liage of conifers and small-leaved abelia, to the bold, glossy leaves of au­cubas and fat­sias. There are ev­er­greens for ev­ery po­si­tion and many grow hap­pily in shade. Ivy is avail­able in a mind-numb­ing ar­ray of pos­si­bil­i­ties and is use­ful for ground cover in ar­eas where lit­tle else will grow. Var­ie­gated vin­cas will also do the same job but without the prospect of them climb­ing your walls!

Grow a gar­den of gor­geous ev­er­greens P.14

A colour­ful spec­trum of ev­er­greens gives a fan­tas­tic base for all your other plant­ing

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