The word “Deciduous” comes from the Latin root meaning “fall”. The leaves that sprout on Deciduous trees in the Summer, fall in Autumn. Deciduous trees are known for yielding beautiful fall colors including red, orange, yellow and purple. Deciduous trees and shrubs are some of the most beautiful additions to the home landscape.
Evergreen trees can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Unlike deciduous trees that shed their foliage during winter, evergreen trees keep their leaves year-round. Thousands of species are considered evergreens, including conifers, palm trees and most trees found in the rainforest. In general, evergreens require full sun to thrive, but many species are shade tolerant. Evergreens vary widely in their watering requirements, with some able to survive drought conditions and others needing daily rainfall, particularly those found in the rainforest.
Large Deciduous Shrubs/Grasses
Deciduous Shrubs, like Deciduous Trees, are plants which shed their leaves when their season ends. Deciduous Shrubs are known for their beautiful changing of color throughout the seasons. Many offer seasonal color in their spring and summer flowers, fall leaves and colorful twigs. Deciduous shrubs are often at their best in fall when their colorful foliage highlights the garden.
Large Evergreen Shrubs
Evergreen shrubs bring life to dreary winter landscapes with their lush greenery. Like coniferous evergreens, evergreen shrubs create an everlasting framework for seasonal garden plantings. Some spring-flowering evergreen shrubs also produce attractive colorful berries in the fall, broadening their year-round appeal.
Small-Medium Deciduous Shrubs/Grasses
Small-Medium Evergreen Shrubs
Perennial Flowers/Dwarf Grasses/Shade Plants
Perennials flowers are plants that live for more than two years and return year after year blooming on their own. This is due to the flowers’ far-reaching roots which allow for better access to nutrients meaning a longer lifespan and less upkeep.
Dwarf Ornamental Grasses provide contrasting color, texture and interest in the landscape without the sprawling size and height of their full-size cousins.
Shade Plants prefer to grow in less than six hours of direct sunlight per day with most of that being the less intense morning sun. Many shade plants are grown more for their decorative foliage.
Ground Cover/Erosion Controls
Groundcover Plants are any plants that grow over an area of ground. Groundcover provides protection of the topsoil from erosion and drought. In an ecosystem, the ground cover forms the layer of vegetation below the shrub layer known as the herbaceous layer.