Week of November 27, 2023 Evergreens in the Walking Garden by Joanne K., Pitt County Arboretum Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Evergreens are the stars of the winter garden. When few flowers are in bloom and trees are bare, gardeners love evergreens because they provide the bones for the garden. Thanks to the great variety in their sizes, shapes, and textures, the garden has year-round interest.
For thousands of years, from the ancient Egyptians to modern times, evergreens have also been used as decorations in churches, homes, and festivals, symbolizing the promise of rebirth to come in the spring.
Christians, for example, saw evergreens symbolic of everlasting life with God because their boughs remain green all year. For Druids, decorating evergreens ensured a fruitful year. Vikings used evergreen decorations to ward off evil spirits associated with the winter solstice.
Whatever the reason, evergreens are a welcome addition to any garden. Come tour the Arboretum to see the wonderful evergreen selections.
If you'd like detailed information on these and other plants, visit the North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. The Toolbox contains detailed descriptions and photographs of more than 4,700 plants that grow in and around North Carolina.
1. Buxus microphylla var. japonica – Japanese Boxwood
2. Cephalotaxus harringtonia – Japanese Plum Yew
3. Myrica cerifera – Southern Wax Myrtle
4. Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd' – Emerald Green Arborvitae
5. Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda' – Dwarf Chinese Holly
6. Juniperus chinensis 'Kaizuka' – Hollywood Chinese Juniper