Plan for year-round appeal
Evergreen shrubs retain their leaves or needles all year long, so they’re constantly providing cover and color. “This gives you some interest even in the winter,” says Rich Cording Jr., co-owner of CLC Landscape Design, Inc., in Ringwood, N.J. He says evergreen plants advantageously placed near the house, such as in front of corners, can help soften the vertical lines of the house, giving it a more inviting appearance.
“For 12 months out of the year, you soften those vertical lines,” Cording says. “With evergreen material, you’re always going to have curb appeal.”