When it comes to adding greenery to your garden, few things are as versatile as evergreens. Whether you’re looking for a tree that will provide privacy, or one that will just add color and interest to your landscape, there’s sure to be an evergreen that’s perfect for the job.
However, there are a few things you need to consider when choosing the best evergreen trees for your English garden. For example, the climate and weather in the UK can be very harsh, so you need to choose trees that can withstand wind and rain.
In this blog post we discuss some of the best options for evergreens available in the UK. We’ll also give some tips on how to care for them and give you some ideas on how to use them.When you’re ready to take the next step, you can Purchase a collection of evergreen trees at Gardeners Dream.
Top 3 Evergreens in the UK
Here are some top picks for evergreens in English gardens:
1. Apple Gum Tree (Eucalyptus Gunnii)
Eucalyptus is a hardy plant that typically grows in southern Australia, but it can also grow well in colder climates such as the UK and the US.
This tall, thin tree has pungent, aromatic leaves. The flaky texture of the bark makes for an interesting look, and the blue-green needles of this small evergreen tree change to a deeper, more intense shade as the plant matures.
- Best for: Easy Fence Covering
- Hardness: British H8
- Height: 80 feet (25 meters)
- Spread: 50 feet (15m)
2. Olives (Olea Europaea)
Silvery foliage and slow-growing olive trees make them the perfect modern backdrop for soft landscapes. These Mediterranean plants thrive in warm weather, but their stylish beauty is worth the wait.
You can grow these trees in pots, but you will need to water them weekly during hot, dry periods. Also, be sure to feed them a granular fertilizer every two weeks in the spring.
- Best for: Timeless Mediterranean styles
- Hardness: British H10/11
- Height: 25-30 feet (7-9 meters); less if potted
- Spread: 25-30 feet (7-9 meters); less if potted
3. Laurel (Laurus Nobilis)
If you want to grow plants that are both fragrant and tasty, this leaf is for you. This is also the perfect tree for the beginner gardener. It’s elegant, low-maintenance, and thrives either in compost pots with well-drained soil or planted in the ground.
It grows best in sunny protected areas. Fertilize container-grown trees with controlled-release fertilizer pellets or liquid feed every two weeks from mid-spring to late summer, and replace trees every two to three years.
- Best for: Growing in pots
- Hardness: British H8
- Height: 10 feet (3 meters)
- Spread: 3 feet (1 meter)
No matter which type of evergreen you choose, be sure to research its specific needs and give it proper care to ensure its longevity and health in your garden. Happy planting!