Thank goodness for evergreens. Every garden needs both deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous plants provide spectacular shows in spring and autumn but contribute little in winter other than height and structure. Evergreens tend to look a bit boring in spring and summer but come into their own in autumn/winter when they give us shades of green or gold and foliage to remind us that spring isn’t far away.
The snowdrops are beginning to push their hard tips up through the frozen soil and the bare root orders are coming in thick and fast.
This is the busiest time of year for us – from now until end of April – it’s good planting weather (unless the ground is frozen or waterlogged), the very inexpensive bare roots are available and we’re all itching to get out into the garden again after a couple of months of central heated comfort.
For the last 3 or 4 years we’ve had some evergreens available as bare roots. We’d always been a bit nervous of whether evergreens would cope with the inevitable shock that you get when you lift bare roots out of the soil – but we tested a number of species ourselves and got great success rates so we gradually introduced some to our range – and now we sell Cherry Laurel, Box, Holly, Privet and Yew – it’s a fantastically good value way to establish an evergreen hedge – and although we don’t sell very tall evergreen plants as bare roots (we do with deciduous species because those cope fine), some are really quite reasonable sizes. We have discounted packs of 100, 250, 500 and 1000 plants for really big projects and can do other pack sizes to suit.
Last March, we planted Box bare roots into our own garden and we’ve had 100% success – we did use RootGrow and Bonemeal and that will have helped – but you can’t complain at 100% can you. Here’s a photo to show how it’s doing.
As you can see we planted them pretty densely (we’re impatient!). These were 30/40cm bare roots and we trimmed them down in mid-summer to help them bush out. I think this is pretty good for a little hedge not yet a year old – by the end of this coming summer, it will be a proper continuous hedge.
Last year we extended our range of cell grown plants – and in some evergreen species these are even cheaper than bare roots – they are smaller and less bushy but again, fantastic value for money.
So, think about putting some more evergreens into your garden – but at a budget price. Have a good look out the window and think about how more evergreens could brighten some of the duller areas. A bit of Box edging, a Yew or Holly hedge as a “garden room” divider – such classy gardening techniques used in contemporary as well as classic and cottage gardens – and it won’t hurt the bank balance.