Finding Green Giant Thuja Trees At Big Box Nursery - April 2022
Starting with this post from early March and carried through as #1 on my 2022 priority list was the discussion of shrubs and how I needed to focus on adding them to add depth, structure and the notion of layering to our garden. Then last week, over the course of a few 'shrub exploration' posts, I tried to organize my thinking via some specific garden bed sections - including the lilac area, a north-side mixed shrub section by the trampoline, the fire pit area and the spot that *could* be the home of a fire pit-area path extension.
Across all of those garden bed 'slices', I was able to create a shrub list that included nine upright evergreens in three different colonies of three each. Three in the north-side mixed area that would front the transplanted lilas, three in the (current) lilac area that would serve as back layer to a trio of Tardiva Hydrangeas and finally three that would either back three Little Lime Hydrangeas (or perhaps three + 1 to frame the eventual 'path'...). Each of those three locations have different sunlight situations that really frame up the TYPE of evergreen I'd choose to go in those spots. From lightest to darkest, they are: Mixed Northside then Lilacs then path framing - which would be the deepest shade.
I also went around and around with my OWN thoughts regarding arborvitae and thujas and I've recently decided that based on the info you can find online, I'd like to try some of these in our yard. So, imagine my delight when I made a quick stop at the local big box nursery to find - in a corner amongst all the other arborvitae a small set of these: Green Giant Thujas - Thuja standishii x plicata.
Here's the tag showing $60 for a six-seven-foot species:
Here's another look at some of them - showing a little bit more 'open' branching than you traditionally find in Arborvitae.
Now....before I buy them, I have to think about where I would put them. Seems there are two logical locations to start: Mixed Northside border. Or Lilac Area. Both come with pros and cons.
First, the sun: Here, below, is the Lilac border and the red ovals show the approximate location of where these Green Giant Thujas would be planted. Note the sun pattern. This is morning sun and it receives good sun until about mid-day.
The second spot (mixed Northside) gets even MORE sun than this, so I think they're both in play.
But, what would the - best case scenario - order of operations be to get these put in their forever homes?
Let's start with the mixed Northside border. Remember this photo below? That's how we want to end up: Green ovals: Green Giant Thujas. Purple circles: transplanted Lilacs.
1. Dig up and transplant the four existing lilac shrubs. (note: these would need to be planted in a way that would ALLOW for the planting of an evergreen *behind* them at a later date).
2. Dig up and transplant two or three Hicks Yews - likely to the fire pit border.