Gardening Mistake - "Conifers Should Come First" - October 2023
Gardening advice is literally a cottage industry. YouTube creators. Bloggers. Botanical Gardens. Everybody has advice and recommendations. And, I take A LOT of them - as I'm a total novice and learn a little bit more everyday in the garden. I've covered some of this advice, but I came across something recently that stopped me in my tracks.
I started on the wrong foot. Did I start with conifers? Nope. I've added some over the years. I planted a number of conifers that didn't survive - from a Japanese White Pine, Weeping Cedar, dwarf Alberta Spruce and a small Fraser Fir. All planted. All dead.
But, none of it has been coordinated and planned. And, none of the conifers are/were in the front yard - where I get the most sunlight.
But, if I'm being honest...that's not because I've been thoughtful. It is because I recognize that I've been deficient in respect to conifers and evergreens.
Back to advice. I mentioned that it is everywhere and it reinforces that what I dislike about my garden the most is likely the result of the lack of conifers. Take...for instance advice like here - from Teo Spengler:
"You may not put a lot of emphasis on conifers when you plan your garden design, but you definitely should. Designing with conifers lets you consider the look your backyard and garden will present in all seasons, not just summer."
Conifers have been overlooked in gardens over the past few decades. But they have wonderful foliage colours and texture, all year round. And now many are compact and suitable for smaller gardens.Why were they so unpopular? Vicky thinks that people didn’t know how to look after the rows of overgrown and neglected Leylandii cypress hedges, planted in the 1970s. ...The trees got too big, took up too much space and light, with dying branches.’