Ligustrum is an evergreen native to Japan which is commonly grown for ornamental use in California, Texas and throughout the Southeastern US. Popular with homeowners in urban and rural settings, ligustrum thrives in full sun and partial shade, it’s also tolerant to pollution, and adapts to different types of soil.
Potted evergreens are excellent for year-round use and can be especially effective during winter months for adding a touch of classic holiday charm. Keep the overall look simple by planting the evergreens in pots covered in interesting, organic textural materials such as burlap, linen or birch bark. For a more finished look, cover the top of the potting soil with moss.
Sturdy but beautiful, Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) tolerates just about any growing conditions indoors. Leaves offer a variety of eye-catching patterns, and when there’s bright enough light, these tough plants send up calla lily-look-a-like blooms.
Create decorative kissing balls with evergreen instead of mistletoe this year. Start with a styrofoam sphere for your base, and cut fresh evergreen to the same length, and inch or two long. Hot glue a piece of twine around the styrofoam ball, and then cover the entire ball with evergreen cuttings by hot gluing them right next to each other. When the ball is covered, hang above a doorway, on a doorknob or in a corner that needs a bit of holiday cheer.
‘Green Sport’ Western red cedar is a fast growing tree that’s the perfect choice for creating an elegant—and evergreen—privacy screen. Plants respond well to pruning, allowing you to create the ideal hedge. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Thuja plicata ‘Green Sport’
A Southern-style Christmas is about fresh greenery, fresh fruit, fresh flowers and plenty of good food. On HGTV's "Celebrity Holiday Homes," designer Brandon Branch draws on these for inspiration as he makes over Trisha Yearwood's Nashville home for the holidays.
When ice covers trees and shrubs, ditch the temptation to shake branches. This can actually damage plants. Branches should return to normal position once ice melts. If branches break under the icy weight, prune only what’s necessary to prevent further damage—and wait to do it when conditions are safe. Pruning with ice underfoot is never a good idea.
Evergreen shrubs bring a winter landscape to life. When the snow falls, take time to notice plantings around you, noting evergreen forms that you like. A mix of needle types and broadleaf evergreens creates a striking winter scene that also looks good in other seasons.
First, attach rope to three or four evenly spaced points along the wreath. Depending on how low the wreath is meant to hang, cut the rope to size, then attach to the ceiling or outside beam. Add decoration around the top of the wreath and suspend embellishments from the bottom for a layered effect.
With four durable chairs and a round dining table, this secluded outdoor terrace becomes the perfect place to enjoy a meal al fresco. Rows of European boxwood plants and evergreen trees help define the space even further.
A balcony in New York City’s West Village becomes a lush garden oasis in this design from Urban Green which brings together a lovely mix of perennials, evergreens and colorful annuals such as petunias and topiary bougainvillea.
Go the simple yet stunning route by letting the beauty of a fresh evergreen wreath take center stage. Hang the wreath with patterned ribbon and add in a few pine cones for texture and interest. Design by HGTV fan Leanne Michael Interiors
Incorporate cut evergreens, sticks, logs and gourds in containers among plantings of cabbage, kale, pansies and other traditional fall plants to add texture and height to an outdoor container arrangement.