January is an interesting time of the year: The days start to grow longer again, and most people start returning to their outdoor activities, even though it can be quite cold. Evergreen Trees, which keep their green, full-bodied foliage all year, help encourage people to get back to their outdoorsy ways. They provide beauty in the bleak, barren winter landscape, along with many other benefits.
Evergreens and Winter Landscapes
When deciduous plants enter dormancy, they drop their leaves, and the only thing that’s left are brown trunks and branches that seem to blend into the countryside.
Evergreens don’t take a break; they keep their green foliage year-round, adding vibrant hues to the winter scenery. They’re breathtaking as they pop against brown, barren trees, and as snow layers on top of their branches, they turn desolate winter landscapes into magical winter wonderlands.
Plus, Evergreen Trees are built for the cold. They will survive in frigid conditions up North that deciduous trees can’t handle.
If they’re planted in rows, their foliage grows together to create a thick living wall that prevents winter weather issues. Evergreen walls act as windscreens and can stop cold winds from blowing into your yard and against your home, keeping it warmer.
Cold winds can harm younger plants, so placing Evergreen Trees to stop the harsh winds is a great method of preventative care so the young plants can become properly established and thrive.
Effortless and Elegant
Along with stopping chilly winds, a row of Evergreens can also stop snow from blowing into your yard. Use them to line your driveway, for example. Imagine the time you’ll save by avoiding shoveling snow since your Evergreens stopped it from blowing in.
We aren’t the only ones who need protection from the ice and frigid temperatures. There are a number of smaller animals that need shelter, too. Birds, rabbits, squirrels and more coexist happily in Evergreens without harming them. The thick foliage creates a warm and cozy getaway for birds to relax and nest in. If you and your pets enjoy watching wildlife from the window, then Evergreens are a must.
Plus, some Evergreen Trees produce berries, like junipers and hollies. The berries act as a food source for hungry critters when food is scarce during the colder months.
Cold Weather Crafting
Best of all, you can let your low-maintenance Evergreens sit standalone, or you can get crafty. Branches with red berries are perfect for clipping and bringing indoors for decorations. A few branches on the mantel or in a vase for a tabletop centerpiece are great. Also, you can use Evergreen branches to frame windows, hang from light fixtures and make wreaths. As an added bonus, the fragrant branches naturally sweeten the air in homes, giving rooms a fresh and crisp scent.
The pine cones from Evergreens can also be utilized for stunning home décor. They range in size from big to small and can be placed almost anywhere. Hang them from fixtures with string, add them to your wreaths, or paint them to give them a snow-covered look. Pine cones are also perfect for fire kindling.
Wait…fire? Yes, but be careful. If you forget to purchase starter logs from the store, pine cones can be used to get fires going in the fireplace or fire pit outside.
The Top Winter Evergreen Trees
Which Evergreens are the best for standing up against snow and freezing conditions? Well, we’ve put together a list of the most cold hardy Evergreen Trees below.
1. The Emerald Green Thuja
If you want glowing green foliage, consider the Emerald Green Thuja. Its emerald hue stands out against the pack and looks stunning year-round. Plus, it looks especially great once snow graces its branches.
Emerald Green Thujas are recommended for growing zones 3 through 8 and can survive temperatures down to -40 degrees.
And since they only grow to about 8 to 12 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, they’re perfect for tight spaces. If you don’t have much room for new garden plants, then this space-saving tree is the optimal choice for your landscape.
Not all Evergreens have to be big to make a difference. Hetz Midget Thujas are amazing bushes because their soft yet thick green foliage gives them a perfect rounded shape. Most people have uniform boxwoods, but Hetz Midget Thujas allows gardeners to have a unique, different look.
If used to frame the home as a foundation plant, the Hetz Midget Thuja offer insulation. Their thick foliage will hold heat during the winter and cool air in the summer, which will help to cut down on heating and cooling bills.
Hetz Midget Thujas are recommended for growing zones 2 through 7 and will thrive in tundra-like areas.
Evergreens are of course, green, but there are slight variances in shades of color among different tree varieties. The Colorado Blue Spruce, for example, has a dusty blue shade. Its foliage stands out as the perfect backdrop for fall color in the autumn. And the spring flowers shine against shimmering blue foliage during the warmer months.
This tree makes a big statement in your landscape, as it reaches heights between 30 to 50 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet wide. Plus, their size makes them the perfect choice for a privacy hedge because they’re tall enough to block views of your home. Even upstairs windows will be protected from wandering eyes.
Colorado Blue Spruces will take off in growing zones 2 to 7 and quickly become established. Their dense foliage stands up to snow, ice, freezing temperatures and everything else winter throws their way.