The most popular of all garden plants, they keep their form and colour twelve months of the year and are effective right from the moment of planting.

Evergreens are available in a wide choice of colour, size and form.  Whether your garden is large or small, in sun or shade, there are evergreens for every situation.

Pyramidal forms are much used as specimens, wind breaks, screens and hedges.  The globular forms are ideal for foundation plantings.  Cedars will thrive in sun or partial shade where soil moisture is adequate.  Extra watering is needed during dry spells and abundant water should be applied to the roots before freeze-up. Mulching the soil will help to conserve moisture.

A hardy and versatile group of  evergreens.  Humber Nurseries has always made a specialty of Junipers and the majority of our listing are grown on our farm in Caledon East.  Available in pyramidal upright form typified by the popular “Mountbatten Juniper” and in low-spreading and semi-upright forms in various shades of green, blue and gold. As a group they prefer sun but some tolerate partial shade.

Evergreen conifers that offer a very wide choice of size and form for every garden purpose. The pyramidal forms, particularly those of the bluest colour are very popular as lawn specimens.  The many dwarf varieties available in Conical or globular forms are well suited to the smaller garden, foundation plantings and rock gardens.

The taller type such as Austrian Pine make excellent specimens as well as windbreaks.  Dwarf varieties are most suitable for small gardens and for foundation plantings.  The growth rate of pines is easily controlled by removing part of the candle-like new growth in spring.

Unsurpassed for their ability to prosper in sun or shade.  Upright forms can be formally clipped and the spread of low growing varieties easily contained. Yews are tolerant of city conditions and with their lustrous dark green foliage make superb hedges.

Small shrubs that keep their lustrous green leaves all winter.  Valued for their ability to grow in sun or shade.  Easily trimmed or clipped into formal shapes for foundation plantings or as a low evergreen hedge.  Often used in cemetery plantings and as part of the design in traditional herb gardens and parterres.

Conveniently included with broadleaved evergreens although most are somewhat deciduous in our climate.  Their crop of red berries prolongs the garden display and adds colour to the winter garden.

Perhaps the most beautiful of all spring flowering shrubs.  Our selection has been carefully chosen for hardiness in local conditions.  They are, however, most particular in their cultural requirements, needing an acidic peaty soil with excellent fast drainage.  The evergreen varieties need winter protection from sun and wind and the roots well mulched.

The dark blue-green spiny leaves and bright red berries make holly a most valuable evergreen, particularly in the winter garden.  The quality of the winter foliage is best retained when the planting is protected from winter sun and wind.  In hollies, the sexes are on different plants and at least one male holly must be planted to ensure a crop of berries on the females.

A very valuable and versatile family that retain their foliage through the winter.  The foliage can be dark glossy green or variegated in combinations of green and white and green and gold.  They can be grown as shrubs or vines, for they will climb using aerial roots.  Planted against a house wall adds depth and interest to foundation planting.

Semi-evergreen shrubs with large trusses of white flowers in spring and brilliant orange berries in fall and winter.  They lend themselves readily to training and are perhaps at their showiest when trained on a wall.
Evergreens such as Cedar, Juniper and Yew make excellent formal hedges.  Boxwood, Euonymus and dwarf conifers can be used for low hedges and upright cedars and/or junipers for taller hedges or screens.  Deciduous plants that tolerate constant pruning can be equally formal – Privet, Russian Olive, Chinese Elm and Alpine Currant are some good examples. White Cedar is the most popular evergreen for hedging.  It is relatively inexpensive and can be maintained at any height required from  1 to 12 meters.
Large evergreens such as Spruce, Pine, Fir and Hemlock are ideal for taller hedges or screens.

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