Evergreens are an essential ingredient in our gardens. They help to provide the bones or structure of our landscape. In our cold climate gardens they provide color when our world is covered in Winter Whites or has turned to shades of brown. Without them, Winters in our gardens would just be cold and dreary. This post is the first in a series highlighting the importance of Evergreens in our gardens and some of our favorites.
The star of today's post is the
Austrian Black Pine
The Austrian Black Pine is a rapidly growing pine
with long dark needles in bundles of 2's.
It thrives in full sun and is cold hardy to -20°.
Mature size is 50 ft tall and 35 ft. wide.
|Eastward View of Austrian Pines 2009|
Evergreens provide peace and calm in our gardens
as well as privacy and shade.
|Looking North...Spring 2009|
We planted six Austrian Black Pines in our landscape. We needed something to grow quickly and they have not disappointed us. Their growth has averaged about a foot a year. When they are full grown in our gardens their boughs will just touch, creating a place of privacy in our open path neighborhood. We love the shade they provide on hot Summer days and the wildlife they bring to our gardens reminds us that we share this beautiful earth with God's delicate creatures.
|Summer 2010... Glorious Mountain Background|
Evergreens can be a considerable investment of money as well as our time, so it's important to choose wisely before we make a purchase. Careful consideration should always be given to the space where they will be planted. Know the ultimate size your evergreen will reach, both height and width, and be sure your space will accommodate your full grown evergreen. Often a gardeners biggest mistake is planting a cute little pine tree they bought at the nursery in a space that in a few years will be far to small for the growing tree. What a shame to have to remove a beautiful evergreen that could have provided a lifetime of enjoyment had the gardener planned more carefully. You can always fill that empty space you've saved to allow for growth of your evergreen with other plants that will be much easier to remove as your evergreen grows.
|Baby Robin in Camouflage|
Many species of birds and wildlife have chosen to live
among our Austrian Pines and use them for food and shelter.
Robins and Mourning Doves build nests in the strong branches. Chickadees eat the bugs found among the needles. We have watched Hawks perch on the highest branches to use for a lookout. Mule Deer have found refuge in Winter months among these trees.
|He Thinks We Can't See Him|
|If I Sit Very Still No One will Notice Me|
|Three Different Birds... Can you see them?|
During the Summer months these pines are filled with birds of all kinds. We're thrilled that they consider our gardens home and always enjoy watching them nest and raise their little ones. Their morning songs awake us and fill us with delight for each new day we are blessed to live.
|Austrian Black Pine Dressed in Winter White|
And then there is Winter... our Austrian pines are royal dressed in the white of snow. They truly capture the essence of Winter beauty in our gardens. Look above at the blog header... one of my favorite Winter pics of our Austrian Pines.
What evergreen in our gardens will we highlight next?