This time of the year, I am in the mood for color. Especially in Cache Valley where we have the yucky inversion. Ick. That's why I love evergreens. They are a great complement to any landscape job and (bonus) they add color in the winter. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Thuja plicata (whipcord). This is a small, slightly weeping form of the regular Arborvitae. Its smooth evergreen foliage forms a compact shrub. I love the pretty color, too.
2. Taxus media (Japanese spreader). The needles on this shrub are actually soft and they grow out horizontally. Again, they have a great color.
3. Pinus nigra (Arnold Sentinel Pine). This is a columnar pine tree with dark green needles. So pretty, though not deer resistant.
4. Abies Lasiocarpa (Sub-alpine fir). These trees can really make a statement. This variety grows 30 to 50 feet tall, eight feet wide.