Owning a home is the dream of most people. There is nothing as fulfilling as having a house and the liberty to express ourselves artistically – the basics of making your home hospitable.
Foundation planting plays an essential role in making this goal a reality. They soften the hard lines of your home and counteract the bleak look characterizing new houses.
Evergreen shrubs are great for this purpose, and so in this article, we’ll dive into that.
What are the Benefits of having Evergreens at the Front of your House?
Shrubs around your home blended with flowers provide the kind of appeal that anyone would like to go home to after a hard day at work. They surround your house with fresh air that excites your senses. Shrubs are quite welcoming, and house guests will appreciate the extra effort you put in.
There’s also the additional benefit of significantly reducing your heating costs. Because they sit close to your home’s foundation, the plants trap some dead air insulating the building from the cold.
Cold air finds its way into the building through a number of ways, among them, the foundation. The insulation value that shrubs provide may seem negligible but what is that they say about the sand and the desert? Yes, it’s the little things that matter.
Choosing the Best Evergreen Shrubs for your Home
Evergreen shrubs are a great addition to any home. However, there are some things you should consider before making your decision.
Here’s a list of things to think about:
- The Location: Evergreens are hardy plants. However, that doesn’t mean that they will thrive when fully exposed to the sun. Ideally, the plants flourish in partial shade. The full sun varieties include the bat-faced cuphea and phlomis – both which are compact.
- The Strains: most of us do not have much time on our hands. This means less time to care for plants around the home. A creeping plant like Plumosa is drought-resistant and saves you considerable time where watering is concerned.
- Qualities: we all have different preferences. Some of us would not go with anything that doesn’t display its glamor with flowers while others are okay with light green bushes. Other important attributes include size and shape. But it all depends on the theme of your front yard.Most people prefer low growing shrubs. They are easier to maintain and do not hide the splendor of your scenic landscape. This includes something like the Japanese Snowball Viburnum – low growing, produces beautiful white flowers and ideal for winter gardens.
- Runoff: driveways and other hardscaping areas need evergreens that can easily handle runoff. A plant like Platycladus orientalis has wet feet and will not mind moist soil now and then.
- Growth qualities: depending on the variety, some evergreens will grow swiftly while others will take their time to achieve an upward progression. If you are not patient enough, a variety such as buddleja, hydrangea, and privet are what you should be looking for. Some of the slow growers you can still choose from including Japanese aucuba among others.
Ideas for Front of House Plants
Among the most popular aucubas include the Japanese Aucuba. The aucubas are tough and will tolerate full sun exposure and dry soils – perfect for those with little time on their hands. If need be, the aucubas will do well in containers.
These are some of the versatile that will fit in any part of the house – be it front yard, back yard or even curbs. Buxus make lovely garden borders and tolerates a significant amount of sun – they do not need the partial shade and so may be ideal for new houses.
Even though slow growing, the Rhododendron is an ideal compact variety for space under your window – they are a beauty to see as you rise in the morning. In spring, the Yaku Prince basks in the glory of its glossy green leaves and beautiful pinkish flowers – they are perfect for your front and backyard. Rhododendrons are easy to maintain.
Holly shrubs are famous for their vibrant red flowers. The evergreen holly can grow anywhere meaning that they are not sensitive to soil and climate – among the few hardy plants, you will find anywhere.
The inkberry is broad-leafed, compact and slow growing. The evergreen has wet feet and is tolerant to wet soil – they are perfect for runway spots. They are not choosy regarding shade meaning that you can grow them anywhere with shade or exposed to full sunlight. If you think about it, these are hardy urban plants.
Buxus sinica var. insularis ‘Wintergreen’
The Korean Boxwood is another broad-leafed and compact evergreen that will make a good choice for your front yard. During winter, the typically dark green leaves turn purple – which is quite okay. This Buxus variety is easy to prune – perfect for a garden border or hedge. It is also deer-resistant.
This variety is a source of texture and color throughout the year. The evergreen produces bright red foliage to make a wonderful morning sight, and their berries are magnets for birds. Heavenly bamboo will not mind a partial shade but appreciates a full sun for brighter foliage.
In the video below you’ll hear about some of the options we mentioned above as some other useful suggestions.
Summing it all up
Evergreen shrubs are ideal plantings to soften house corners, make good hedges, garden borders or curb appeals. The best evergreen for your home is consistent with the street theme, is easy to maintain and is low growing.
Hopefully, the information we have provided above will help you determine which shrub is an excellent choice for you – it is understandable if you can’t choose between the above shrubs we have recommended, they are all good.