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Weeping Norway Spruce Picea abies 'Pendula'

You can easily grow evergreens in your garden

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

July 19, 2019

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

Evergreens are so named since their leaves keep color through the summer and winter, but not all evergreens are green; some species grow just 1 foot tall and others well over 60 feet, providing you with a variety of options for your garden


Hudsonia — This slow-growing balsam fir tops out at 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide and is perfect for small gardens. It is among the most pleasantly aromatic evergreens, thriving in hardiness zones 3 to 7.

Before planting, it’s important to consider the purpose the evergreen will serve in your garden, such as a windbreak for your home, decoration or for privacy; soil is another consideration as some prefer acidic soil and other varieties thrive in slightly alkaline soil


Hetz Midget — This is one of the smallest evergreens, growing as a tight round ball 1 foot tall and wide. It is a smart choice for a small garden and easily tolerates some shade. It grows in hardiness zones 2 to 8.

Your plants will enjoy a deep soaking once a week to encourage strong root growth and will look best when pruned once or twice a year in the early spring before growth or midsummer during the dormant months

Pendula — This Canadian hemlock tree is hardy, growing 3 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Given the opportunity it may drape over a wall. It grows well in hardiness zones 3 to 7.

Although easy to care for, they are vulnerable to some insect pests; consider using natural strategies to eliminate, including a strong spray from your hose to dislodge aphids, or a soaking with mild dish soap mixture for spider mites and bagworms

Pine Trees vary widely in size and shape


Pine — There are approximately 120 species of pine trees distributed throughout the world, but most are native to northern temperate regions. Pine trees are sources of turpentine, rosin, paper products and wood tars. Pine leaf oil has been used medicinally as an antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial.


Picea pungens ‘Baby Blue’ is a mid-sized 🎄 spruce that reaches heights of between 15 and 20 feet, and usually spans anywhere from six to ten feet across. If left to grow naturally it takes on the typical pyramid shape seen in many conifers; its branches are horizontal and grow right down to the ground. Thanks to its mountain heritage this is quite a robust tree and it can be successfully grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 7. If you want some Baby Blues in your garden start looking for a spot with acidic, moist but well-drained soil; that’s where it will thrive best.

Full article with lots of great 'how to' advice:

https://articles.mercola.com/gardening/how-to-grow-evergreens.aspx
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