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Evergreen plants - the 6 most popular for your garden


Evergreen plants belong in every garden. We have put together a small hit list of the most popular evergreen plants for you.

Many garden owners want to have a balanced balance in the garden, which is why perennials and evergreen plants are often combined. While the perennials often only bloom for a short time and sometimes even shrivel completely, the evergreen plants look good all year round. With their shape and color, they set impressive highlights in every season - especially when the plants are hardy.

Evergreen plants also offer year-round privacy. So if you don't want the garden to look totally dreary in the cold season, you should use these plants and shrubs. Below we have put together the most popular evergreen plants for you.

These evergreen plants are particularly popular

Yew (Taxus baccata)

Close-up view of a columned yew tree with its fascinating fruits The yew tree is an evergreen coniferous tree that bears pretty red fruits. Whether as a hedge or a single tree - the yew is a real eye-catcher. But be careful: there is the dangerous poison taxin in the needles. In addition to the needles, it is primarily the seeds that make the yew poisonous, because the poison is particularly concentrated here.

  • Location: thrive in any location
  • Ground: calcareous
  • Planting time: autumn
  • To water: in case of prolonged drought, water a little
  • Fertilize: not mandatory
  • To cut: through constant cutting, yew trees grow into great shapes

Thuja

The tree of life, as the thuja is also called, is very suitable as a hedge, but is also an eye-catcher when standing alone. It is a pine-like wood that belongs to the cypress family. The thuja is actually quite easy to care for and adaptable.

But beware! The cypress family contains toxic essential oils that can cause skin irritation in sensitive people. Therefore, always wear gloves when you want to touch a thuja. Reading tip: Plant and care for thuja - this is how it's done.

  • Location: sunny
  • Ground: slightly acidic, moist
  • Planting time: in the spring
  • To water: Water young plants regularly for the first 3 years
  • Fertilize: in spring with coniferous fertilizer
  • To cut: in February / March

Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)

Can be cut into shape -

The boxwood is also often used as a hedge plant, but it grows very slowly and is therefore only suitable for small hedges. In principle, boxwood plants are ideal as a small, natural boundary for beds or garden paths. The boxwood also cuts a fine figure as a single plant and ensures Mediterranean flair. This is mainly because you can cut the boxwood well into shape. You can e.g. cut geometric shapes or animal motifs. The Buxus sempervirens therefore offers several advantages: it is densely growing, easy to care for, undemanding and easy to shape.

  • Location: sunny or shady
  • Ground: humus rich soil
  • Planting time: October to May
  • To water: Water regularly, especially after planting
  • Fertilize: annual lime application
  • To cut: between May and August

Ivy (Hedera helix)

Ivy is popular because it is very fast growing and is well suited as a privacy screen or canopy. Ivy is also popular for greening facades. To do this, the facade must be impeccable, because the adhesive roots quickly find a way through cracks in the plaster. And that in turn can cause problems over time. Otherwise, ivy is also very easy to care for. The biggest maintenance effort for ivy concerns pruning.

  • Location: shade / semi-shade
  • Ground: wet / nutritious
  • Planting time: possible all year round, except in frost
  • To water: regular during the main growing season
  • Fertilize: from autumn to spring every 14 days with liquid fertilizer
  • To cut: in the spring

Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

As the name suggests, this is a spiky structure that looks beautiful, especially when it forms its red berries. Caution here too: The bush is poisonous! The holly is particularly well suited as a privacy screen, because the glossy, evergreen leaves and the red fruits make the stick palm a real eye-catcher in the garden. The thorny toothed leaves are also particularly striking. The holly is not only an evergreen, but also a very hardy plant.

  • Location: thrive in any location
  • Ground: moderately moist
  • Planting time: possible at any time on frost-free ground
  • To water: only necessary for potted plants
  • Fertilize: unnecessary
  • To cut: Topiary in summer

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)

The cherry laurel is a very popular hedge plant because the robust, evergreen shrub grows quickly and thus forms an opaque hedge in a short time. He also copes very well with drought. In spring it bears cream-white, candle-like upright inflorescences from which the small black laurel cherries emerge until August. You should never eat them because they are poisonous. The poisonous substances are only destroyed by cooking.

  • Location: semi-shady to shady
  • Ground: preferably dry and sandy
  • Planting time: autumn
  • To water: in long drought and in winter on frost-free days
  • Fertilize: At the end of March with horn meal and compost
  • To cut: Get the hedges into shape at the end of June