Evergreens that Survived the Blizzards of 2010

by Susan Harris
So, gardeners of Maryland, how’d your trees and shrubs look after last winter’s triple-blizzard bonanza?   By late February, tree crews were booked solid removing and repairing the damage, especially on evergreens.  But in my garden?  Not a single branch was broken, much less a whole tree, and I had to resist the urge to run around and kiss every one of these tough-as-nails plants in gratitude.

Instead, I’ll just show them off right here, starting with the Cryptomeria (Japanese cedar) on the left and Deodar cedar on the right.

Cryptomeria (L) and Deodar Cedar

Below, part of a whole hedge of Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) ‘Schip’.  I also grow the shorter ‘Otto Luyken’ laurels.  On the right is one of my five ‘Green Giant’ Arborvitaes.   They grow 3-5 feet a year for the first few years, then slow down, so they’re very popular for fast screening.

Cherry laurel (L) and Arborvitae 'Green Giant'

Next, my ‘English Roseum’ rhododendrons survived the winter and bloomed particularly well this spring.Next, my ‘English Roseum’ rhododendrons survived the winter and bloomed particularly well this spring.

Rhododendrons at their Best

And this sweet dwarf white pine ‘Blue Shag’ was on the pricey side and I might have uttered a curse or two if it had been damaged by snow.

Dwarf White Pine 'Blue Shag'

Oh, but there’s more!
Because I’m such a fan of evergreens, we’re not done yet. More plants that survived the winter happily in my garden include Boxwoods, Pieris japonica, ‘Gold Coast’ Juniper, a Dwarf Hinoki Cypress now 12 feet tall, and some ‘Heleri’ hollies.  And to all I say “Thank you and keep up the good work!”

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