Conifers, evergreen ‘bones’ that tie a landscape together year-round
- Kathy Van Mullekom Daily Press
A landscape needs “bones” — plants that anchor the overall look throughout the year, not just during the growing season in spring and summer.
Evergreens typically form the “bones” of a good landscape design. In addition to providing a green backdrop, evergreens feature texture and form.
Throughout my gardening years, conifers have been my favorite family of evergreens for many reasons. Their softly textured foliage is pleasant to look at and touch. Their shapes and sizes are varied and artsy.
I’ve used conifers such as arborvitae as screening hedges along property lines, as stand-alone specimen plants in beds and as container gardens on patios. They need no pruning and generally have no major pest or disease problems. When bagworms once attacked one of my container-grown arborvitaes, I carefully picked them off and monitored the plant for any further issues, which never happened.