I’ll admit my landscape is starkly without much evergreen color. The home came with plenty of bulbs that we enjoy from late winter through summer, but there are not a lot of evergreen plants. There are, however, two good sized Meyer spruce trees. They not only provide evergreen interest all year but are the home to dozens of lovely song birds. These stately trees are almost the only winter plants in evidence once temperatures drop to freezing.
Spruce Trees for Landscaping
Spruce trees are one of my favorite conifers and I am privileged that I own several different varieties of spruce. The only drawback to the Meyer spruce trees is their lovely pyramid shape that skirts to the ground. While the birdies enjoy the trees as a home, the cats love to hide under the plants. So far, it has proven that the birds are wise to the cats, or maybe quicker. However, I am thinking of limbing them up so the cats can’t skulk underneath and court disaster for the birds.
There are two Bird’s Nest spruce flanking the front door. They were sorely in need of pruning, but after we did that last year, they have a lovely form and are not threatening to take over the stoop. These are tolerant of the searing heat in summer and some water neglect as well. They are also a magnet for the spiders and are decorated with webs swung like little hammocks from late summer into winter. Not mad for spiders, but happy they have a home to do their good work.
I also have plans to acquire a few more of my favorite Picea species. A dwarf Colorado spruce is topping my list. I love the nearly baby blue needles that look utterly ethereal and complement many other plant hues. It will have to be a dwarf because the wild form would tower over the house and shade everything. Another Colorado spruce I am considering is a weeping variety. They are such artistic plants with their natural pendulous arms that arch out from the main stem. You couldn’t prune a plant to a better form.
Spruce evergreen trees are perfect winter plants. They add interest when all the perennials, veggies, and bulbs are gone. They are hardy, adaptable, and beautiful. They come in a range of sizes and colors. Bonus on some are their cute little cones. The Meyer tree’s cones come in pinkish tones and slowly turn brown. Great little cones to dry and use as fire starters in winter.
In addition to the spruce, my Norfolk pine will come out to add evergreen gorgeousness, but only in spring through summer. After that, it goes indoors as part of the holiday decor. This is not a true pine and I’m not sure why it is called such. It is in the genus Araucaria and native to an island by the name in the South Pacific Ocean. As such, it is not tolerant of cold and is mostly an indoor tree.
Spruce trees are the true winter wonders for interest in the landscape year round. If I have my way, I’ll “spruce it up” with a few more of these beauties in my garden soon.