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Evergreen Shrubs, Bushes for Privacy Hedges, Other Uses

People's tastes in landscaping are diverse, and some want flowering bushes in a privacy hedge, even if they lose their leaves in fall. But more people choose evergreen shrubs when privacy is at stake, so that unwanted glances will be screened out year-round. Evergreens have other uses too, of course, including as specimens and in foundation beds.
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Pictures of Evergreen Shrubs
Evergreen shrubs are preferred for privacy hedges, since they keep you from being exposed for all 12 months of the year. Bushes with small, tightly spaced needles or leaves are especially useful in hedges, since they tend to be amenable to shearing and their shape, consequently, is easy to control.

Shrubs With Golden Foliage: False Cypress
The false cypress group (or "falsecypress") has some bushes with fantastic golden foliage listed under Chamaecyparis pisifera. 'Gold Mop' false cypress (or 'Gold Mops'), 'King's Gold' and 'Gold Thread' are examples of such evergreen shrubs with golden foliage, belying the "green" in "evergreen!"

How to Plant a Hedge
You would like to plant a hedge, but you are not sure how to get your bushes situated in a straight row? The process is pretty easy, as I instruct you (with the aid of pictures) in my tutorial. In my example, a box hedge is being planted, but you can apply the same method to any type. Follow the link within the article to learn how to shear them.

Japanese and English Yews
Yew bushes are valued for their tolerance of shade. Some of these evergreen shrubs have columnar shapes, but those used in hedges spread out rather than up, especially if sheared accordingly. Their ability to grow in shade makes them a foundation-bed option on the north side of a house.

Dwarf English Boxwood Shrubs
What broad-leaved evergreen shrub comes to mind when you hear “hedge”? Boxwood, very likely. Learn about these refined bushes, which bring a touch of class wherever they are grown. You may not be able to afford an outdoor kitchen or an in-ground swimming pool, but there's one thing you can have in common with "the rich and famous": a box hedge.

Flowering Evergreen Shrubs: Growing Mountain Laurels
Mountain laurels do not add flavor to your cooking the way the bays do, but these ornamental bushes will add plenty of flavor to your landscape. Broad-leaved evergreen shrubs, their foliage is attractive for at least 3 of the 4 seasons. I find their flowers to be at their best in bud, when they have an usual shape.

Loropetalum Shrubs
OK, my Northern readers will scoff at the inclusion of Chinese loropetalum bushes in my list of evergreen shrubs, since these bushes are hardy only in planting zones 7-10. Chinese loropetalum's flowers, which, for such types as 'Burgundy' and 'Ruby' are pink, give the plant away as a member of the witch-hazel family.

Flowering Evergreen Shrubs: Azalea and Rhododendron Bushes
In my yard, jasmine is the first bush to bloom in spring, followed by witch hazel and forsythia. After that, azaleas (some of which are evergreen shrubs) begin to make themselves noticed. My article walks beginners through the topic, including care tips.

"Living Wall" Privacy Hedges
One option (discussed above) for privacy hedges is to plant a row of tall bushes and shear them. This is the classic hedge. But another option is to distribute flowering or evergreen shrubs more loosely, in layers. The resulting arrangement can furnish substantial privacy, while being less restrictive and potentially more appealing.

Do not be confused by the inclusion of hemlocks here: no, this entry is not an escapee from the tree section! While the hemlocks you may know from the woods are tall trees, as I discuss in this article, the fact is that there are other hemlock plants that are sold in bush-form. Along with arborvitae (below), some of the best privacy hedges I've seen are composed of hemlock.

Evergreen Shrubs for Privacy: Arborvitae
According to the USDA Forest Service, the name "arborvitae" (which means "tree of life" in Latin), was given to this bush by Jacques Cartier, the French explorer. Cartier learned from the natives along the St. Lawrence River that arborvitae could be used to treat scurvy. Today, we use it in privacy hedges, due to its thick foliage.

Holly Shrubs
"Holly is holly," you say? Not really, though, as you'll discover in this article. There's a lot of variety within the Ilex species. And that variety means more potential uses for holly within the landscape for you.

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