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Evergreen Trees

After year-round colour? Evergreen trees are the tree variety for you. They keep their leaves all year round. Compared to giant flowering plants (deciduous trees) like oak, beaches and maple, which lose their leaves in Autumn. Evergreen trees are great for a garden. The shape and foliage last year-round, so they would be great ornamental trees. Due to the width and height, evergreen trees are great for adding a privacy tree to your garden or as screening trees. Buy evergreen trees today and we will give you UK FREE delivery.  

From Small Pots to 10-Feet Tall

If you are planting trees in pots, evergreen trees make for the perfect real Christmas tree and can easily be moved inside for the Christmas period.

Evergreen trees also tend to be very fragrant, with needle oils being fresh and distinctive. Evergreen trees are great for ensuring that during winter, your garden will still be a welcoming place to spend time. 

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Choosing an Evergreen Tree with Gardeners Dream

Evergreen trees vary in shape and size. With this in mind, it's handy to figure out the best evergreen tree for your garden. Think how many feet tall the tree may eventually become. How will the evergreen tree impact the garden? Will it hide the full sun from nearby gardens where other plants grow?

Think About More Than Those Glossy Green Leaves

Things to consider when buying an evergreen tree:

  • Height

  • Shape and width

  • The growth speed

  • Evergreen tree plant maintenance (pruning)

When considering an evergreen, it's good to figure out if the tree suits the garden. Is there enough full sun or shade? What type of soil does it need? Can it cope with the wind and cold?

Another thing to consider is the root network of your tree. Most deciduous varieties have large and expansive root networks that can interfere with the foundations of existing structures and buildings.

Evergreen trees tend to have smaller root systems, but they can still damage foundations of buildings, be careful to plant your evergreen tree in an area where the root network can establish itself without interfering with buildings or other trees.

Although there is a lot to think about - buying evergreen trees with Gardener's Dream could not be easier. It's an investment that will last for years.

Shade and Full-Sun Loving Evergreens at Gardeners Dream

Deciding to buy evergreen trees from Gardeners Dream has never been easier. Established in 2009, we offer a wide range of evergreen trees for you to choose from.

We have the knowledge and expertise to advise you on the right tree for your garden. We have over 40 years of experience in the industry. Aiming to provide our customers with the best online experience in choosing Evergreen trees.

Our team members understand that our customers are at the core of what we do at Gardener's Dream. We're passionate about what we do, and this helps us provide the best customer service.

With next day delivery also available, we are the place to go for your Evergreen trees.

The Best Evergreen Trees for Your Garden

We sell a wide range of evergreen trees at Gardener's Dream. Below we've picked some that you may like:

Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Also known as the Southern Magnolia, the Magnolia grandiflora is a popular shrub in the UK. Plant it against a wall and watch the white flowers bloom. Alternatively, it can be a stand-alone specimen shrub. The evergreen leaves are thick and glossy. As beautiful as our roses!

With the right growing conditions, they will flower at around eight years. Choosing the Magnolia grandiflora will add a lot of interest to a garden throughout the year.

Fraser's Photinia (Photinia x Fraseri)

The Fraser's Photinia is a fast-growing variety that's excellent for screening. It's also perfect for gardens looking for privacy. It offers colour in a garden all year round. From red leaves in Spring to green throughout the year.

White flowers then blossom in Spring. Versatile in nature, Fraser's Photinia can be grown as a hedge, shrub or specimen and has lovely evergreen leaves.

The Olive Tree (Olea europaea)

The Olive enjoys full sun. It can grow well in partial shade too. This is surprising for a plant with its roots in the Mediterranean. It has pale green leaves and is a classic among evergreen trees.

The compact size is perfect for small gardens. Thriving in dry and warm conditions, the olive variety prefers shelter from wind. They like full sun, and soil that's free draining. Olive trees look fantastic in a contemporary garden or city dwelling. Perfect trees for pots too. The olive tree adds to the ambience on a patio or small garden where other flowers grow.

Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)

Known as the Arbutus unedo. evergreen trees such as this are bushy and large. The evergreen shrub has dark green leaves that are leathery with tough bark. In small gardens, the strawberry tree looks right at home. It's in the name, the fruits are grown on the branches resembling strawberries.

The strawberry tree is ideal as a specimen. Letting the Arbutus unedo grow to its full potential is easy. Grow in a partially shaded spot with well-drained soil. It enjoys the coast as well as being grown further inland.

Holly Oak (Quercus ilex)

The Holly oak is also known as Quercus ilex and the Evergreen Oak. Native within Mediterranean countries, the dark green foliage still grows well in the UK garden climate. It will grow densely into a large giant.

The timber is used for joinery as it's durable and long-lasting. The oak is one of the best evergreen trees grown in the UK. Great for coastal planting as well as hedging. This grand oak is fine in shaded areas and grows in free-draining soils.

Juniper

An evergreen plant that sits in place in your gin glass and a garden. The Juniper are versatile plants that can grow within various types of soils. It comes in different varieties so you will find your perfect Juniper right here at Gardener's Dream.

Some like full sun and others prefer a little shade to grow. You may prefer the Juniper to grow or trim it into a more triangular shaped plant.

Like our hedging plants, they're great for topiary.

Hardy Palms

One of the best evergreen trees to grow in your garden is Hardly Palms. They can bring interest throughout the year with their dark green colours. Fitting perfectly in every garden setting, in traditional British gardens to something more exotic.

There are several varieties of plants to choose from. The Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortune) develops clusters of green palm leaves on the hairy trunk of the palm. This plant can grow several feet tall in a sheltered warm environment with the right soil.

Golden Wattle (Acacia dealbata)

Growing evergreen trees is easy with the golden wattle. Fluffy golden flowers grow towards the end of Winter with their unmistakable marzipan smell. It's a nice plant for the coast and in sheltered gardens. If looked after, this evergreen tree can be controllable.

Other Great Trees You Might Love

At Gardeners Dream, we have so many different trees to choose from. If you want to explore more foliage, make sure you check out these next.

Planting an Evergreen Tree

There are a number of ways you can plant your tree or shrub, and it mainly comes down to how you want the tree or shrub to feature in your garden.

Evergreen trees can be used for;

  • Hedging

  • Specimen trees

  • Ornamental trees

  • Creating a garden evergreen 'forest'

  • Patio or decking decoration

  • Outdoor Christmas trees

Typically, your tree will be delivered in a pot or with the root ball bagged for protection. Once you have decided how you want to use your tree and where you want it to go, planting is simply a matter of transplanting it from the pot or bag and putting it into the ground.

How to Plant an Evergreen

Ensure you dig a deep enough hole for your specific tree as evergreen trees can be uprooted if they haven't been planted deep enough. This can be especially problematic considering that some evergreen trees can grow to impressive heights.

Once planted, you can put down some compost or fertiliser to help your tree take to its new home. Beyond that, a good initial water and your tree is ready to start growing.

Planting an Evergreen Hedge

Planting a hedge is not much different to the planting method mentioned above - the key difference being that instead of digging a single hole, you can dig either multiple holes in a row or a trench.

Bear in mind when planting a hedge, you will need to take into account the amount of spread you expect from each tree. The best thing to do in this respect is to plant each tree or shrub a bit closer than the expected spread to ensure adequate privacy and coverage.

For example, if the specimen has a spread of two feet across you should aim to plant in 1 3/4 feet intervals.

Why Use Evergreens for a Hedge?

Evergreens make excellent hedgerows (just like our laurels) because they provide year round colour and the branches are densely packed in most varieties to give extra privacy. Evergreens also have a fast growing time, so if you're looking to establish your hedge quickly you can normally do so in a couple of years with evergreens.

The Law and Evergreens in the UK

You should be aware that the growth of evergreen varieties is legislated for in the UK and you can get into trouble if you grow your evergreen too high and it overlooks a neighbour's garden. You should be careful that your hedges don't exceed the designated height and don't block light to your neighbour's garden.

Caring for your Evergreen Trees

You will find evergreen varieties are fairly low maintenance, particularly compared to deciduous trees which can be extremely difficult to cut back and drop their leaves each year (making a bit of a mess). Pine trees are in comparison much easier to prune and cut back as the wood is softer and the branches are narrow and less substantial.

Actively managing the height and spread of your tree will help create space in your garden for other plants and make cutting back the tree easier. It is best to adopt an annual or semi-annual cutting back routine to keep everything manageable.

Even When It's 10 Feet Tall!

If your tree has reached a tall height, you may need to hire someone to come in and cut back the tree for you, this is because cutting back a tree at height can be dangerous, especially if you're not practiced in it.

Temperature and Evergreen Species

Some evergreens are hardy types, but many are quite sensitive to temperature (extreme heat and cold weather). In the summer months you will need to make sure that your tree has an adequate water supply - these types of trees don't like drought weather.

They are however pretty sun tolerant in general and prefer to be planted in a full sun or partial shade space.

Where they really suffer is with cold and particularly frosty weather, if the ground is liable to freeze in your garden, it might be best to avoid planting an evergreen or picking a hardy variety. Frozen ground can damage the root network of your evergreen and in turn cause big health problems for your tree.

Hedges tend to be more durable in this respect as root networks planted in close proximity provide natural warmth and some defence against frost. You can also plant other shrubs below the canopy of an evergreen to benefit from the additional warmth and frost protection they afford.

Shopping for Evergreen Trees on Gardener's Dream

We have an extensive range of evergreen trees and also supply real Christmas trees each year for the festive season.

If you're looking for the perfect tree but you're unsure about what tree to pick for your garden, you can contact our gardening experts and ask any questions you may have. This extends to aftercare and any problems you may experience - things like if a tree fails to hold its needles is a fairly common question we encounter.

You should also subscribe to Gardener's Dream to receive all the latest tips and tricks to help your garden plants. We also send out exclusive offers to those who subscribe so keep an eye on that!

Growing an evergreen is extremely satisfying, your rewards are paid off quickly, the foliage is lush and the fruits and berries they produce are striking. Shop for your evergreen trees today and receive delivery to any UK location... for no additional cost!

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