6 Evergreens that Brighten the Winter Landscape
The winter horizon is often an endless sea of white and gray. Boring, dull and depressing to look at. Brighten your winter landscape with living evergreens that will add pops of color in the white/gray background and attract wildlife to lift the boredom and erase the monotony of the wintry horizon.
A semi-evergreen, the abelia (Abelia x grand flora) is a free-forming, free-flowering shrub that reaches a mature size of about three feet by three feet. Medium textured green leaves and rose-colored sepals are the crowning glory of this shrub that brightens the early winter landscape, Hardy in zone 3-9, drought tolerant and grows well in poor soil.
Fine-textured, dark green leaves make this little evergreen shrub a winner in many landscapes. The boxwood (Buxus) has been called the most popular shrub in America. Hardy in zones 5-8 and will reach a mature height of 15 feet by 15 feet if left untrimmed.
This evergreen produces fine-textured, yellow-green foliage that is often found tucked into floral arrangements. False cypress (Chamaecyparis) is fragrant, attracts birds, is hardy in zones 5-9 and will reach a mature height of 40 feet with a 30 feet spread.
A southern favorite, prized for its glossy evergreen leaves and large, fragrant blooms. The glossy leaves are frequently used in wreaths and garlands and plucked from trees growing in our own landscapes. The magnolia (Magnolia) tree grows in a cone shape with sweeping branches that reach from the ground level and upwards to 50 feet of mature height and a bottom spread of about 30 feet. There is an easy-to-grow magnolia species hardy for most every growing zone.
Little and colorful, the nandina (Nandina domestica) is a hardy shrub that produces fern-like leaves that start out green, then change to red, burgundy and bronze as the seasons change. Hardy in zones 6-10, nandina will reach a mature height of seven feet tall and four feet wide.
Evergreen pine tree range in size from dwarf to majestic, it all depends on the species planted. All pines have coarse-textured, evergreen needles that are aromatic and can be used in floral displays. Hardy in zone 3-10 and producing cones that are a treat for wildlife