Words by Phil Clayton
15.11.2023 - 19:37 / finegardening.com
You may have noticed that the Rocky Mountain region—especially if you moved here from either coast or the South—is notably lacking in broadleaf evergreens. That is because these evergreens are more prone to burn from both winter sun and wind—as well as to suffer winter water loss—than deciduous woody plants or needled evergreens. As a result, gardeners in our region must select and site such woody plants more thoughtfully than gardeners in other regions. Of course, what we call “Rocky Mountain” is really more like two regions: one that reliably retains winter snow cover, and one that does not. The three broadleaf evergreen natives described here, however, do well in a variety of gardens and exposures.
Learn more: How to Protect Broadleaf Evergreens from Winter Damage.
In winter-dry gardens, avoid siting broadleaf evergreens in locations that receive winter sun all day; the east face of a house, for example, is ideal. Winter snow cover reduces winter stress on evergreen plants, so gardens that retain snow cover can feature broadleaf evergreens in a greater diversity of sites with less work. Regardless, these sumptuous, structural garden additions add vibrance to our outdoor worlds when we appreciate it most and are worth the modest investment.
During establishment, irrigate all three of these plants regularly, and mulch with leaf, wood, or gravel mulch.
Rocky Mountain gardens that retain winter snow cover can host these plants in a variety of sites with relatively little winter upkeep.
Gardeners in snowless areas should site broadleaf evergreen plants where they receive a bit of shade in the afternoon. It is also a good idea to water them in winter.
Daphne × burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’
Size: 4 feet wide and 4
Words by Phil Clayton
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