In B.C. we love to use conifers to provide an evergreen border to our property, but, what about mixing it up a little for more visual interest?
The key to a great evergreen border is to not insist that everything be evergreen. That might sound like a contradiction, but stay with me here…
Take a hedge / border that incoporates evergreen boxwood (you can use the single green or variegated variety) teamed with ornamental grasses, red Japanese Maple and Rhododendron.
The Boxwood and Rhododendron provide a solid anchor giving privacy while the ornamental grasses and red Japanese Maple provide color, texture and architecture.
Boxwood and Rhododendron are evergreen and don’t normally lose their leaves here on the West Coast. Red Japanese Maples do lose their leaves. They provide height and visual interest throughout the year – first with the foliage and then with the bare branches.
Ornamental grasses can be added between or in front of the Boxwood, Rhododendron and Japanese Maples providing softness and movement.
Throw in a Goldy™ euonymus as an inner border along the edge of the hedge for added pizzazz. This is a very versatile and showy, glossy gold-leafed plant can be used as a ground cover, climber, or even a small shrub.
Voila! An evergreen hedge with colour and interest! Plus, it’s low maintenance!