Evergreens are a Benefit to Your Winter Landscape
They Attract Wildlife to Your Garden
They Provide Privacy
Evergreens for Shade, Protection and Energy Conservation
While we aren't necessarily concerned about sunshine during the cold season (OK, we downright embrace it!), evergreens are excellent at blocking wind with their towering height, strong branches, and dense foliage. Cold winter gusts draw heat from your home, making it harder to heat and forcing your furnace into overdrive. When trees shelter your home from the wind, they also help you conserve energy and drive down your gas or electric bill!
If you've considered planting trees on your property for protection and energy conservation, make sure you do so strategically. Prevailing winds during the winter are from the north here in the city of Greenville, so situate your trees on the northern side of your house for the most effective wind barrier. Keep your deciduous trees to the south to let in the sunshine during the winter, and shade your home in the summer.
They Improve Air Quality
Our Favorite Evergreens for Greenville
- American Arborvitae: An easy, low-maintenance conifer with dense foliage and an upright habit. We're especially fond of DeGroot’s Spire Arborvitae, which is a semi-dwarf cultivar with a rich color that can fit into any landscape design.
- Boxwood: The iconic evergreen for hedges and topiaries, boxwood is super versatile and can be sheared into almost any shape imaginable. Their bright green foliage will undoubtedly brighten your landscape, even on the dreariest winter days.
- Holly: Best known for its bright red berries, growing holly in your backyard with definitely get you in the holiday spirit this year! We carry lots of different varieties, including dwarf cultivars.
- Juniper: From creeping groundcovers to upright trees, we carry a range of Junipers to decorate your landscape. Enjoy their coniferous foliage and blue winter berries year after year.
- Magnolia: Ubiquitous in the south, there are many different cultivars ranging in size from 20 to 60 feet tall, this tree is definitely useful for wind-blocking and energy conservation when properly sited. Enjoy cuttings in winter wreaths and garlands along with Holly, Pine, and Juniper.
- Western Arborvitae: Another tall-growing, property-protecting tree, Green Giant Arborvitae grows rapidly and features lovely, dark green foliage.
Despite their stately presence, folks tend to overlook evergreens surprisingly often. From their reliable beauty to their environmental benefits and their ability to help you conserve energy, they truly are the garden winners of winter. Don't forget to check out our evergreen selection here at Carolina Seasons!