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Creating a Winter Oasis: Evergreens for High-Altitude Landscapes

By December 14, 2023No Comments

As winter blankets our landscapes in a serene layer of snow, it’s the evergreens that keep our gardens lively and vibrant. At Whitehead Landscaping, we understand the unique challenges of gardening at 5800 feet. This article will guide you through selecting and caring for high-altitude evergreens that thrive in winter landscapes.

Why Evergreens are Essential for High-Altitude Winter Landscaping:

Evergreens are the backbone of winter gardens, especially in high-altitude areas like ours. They offer year-round color and structure, providing a stark contrast against the snowy backdrop. Plus, they’re snow-resistant and hardy, making them ideal for our rugged climate.

Best Evergreen Trees and Shrubs for 5800 Feet:

  1. Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens): A classic choice known for its striking blue foliage and pyramidal shape. It’s hardy and adapts well to our local soil conditions.
  2. Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii): This tree brings a majestic presence to any landscape, with its dense foliage and towering height.
  3. Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa): Perfect for smaller spaces, this fir offers a compact, conical form with soft, fragrant needles.
  4. Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus): A shrub that stands out for its rugged beauty and resilience, ideal for creating natural borders.
  5. Juniper (Juniperus spp.): With various species to choose from, junipers offer versatility in form and color, excellent for ground cover or accent pieces.

Caring for High-Altitude Evergreens:

  • Watering: Although these trees and shrubs are hardy, they still need regular watering, especially during dry winter months.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch to protect the roots from freezing temperatures
  • Pruning: Regular pruning helps maintain shape and health. It’s best done in late winter or early spring
  • Protection from Pests: Keep an eye out for signs of pests or diseases and treat promptly to prevent spread.

Adding Life to a Snowy Landscape with Evergreens:

Evergreens are not just about greenery; they are about bringing life and vibrancy to a snowy landscape. Whether it’s the majestic Colorado Blue Spruce or the rugged Mountain Mahogany, each species adds its unique charm. You can create stunning visual contrasts, provide shelter for wildlife, and enjoy year-round beauty.

In high-altitude areas, creating a winter oasis is all about choosing the right plants. Evergreens are a natural choice, offering resilience, beauty, and a touch of color in the stark winter months. At Whitehead Landscaping, we are committed to helping you select the best evergreens for your landscape and providing the care tips you need to keep them thriving.

Ready to transform your high-altitude garden into a winter wonderland? Contact us at Whitehead Landscaping for expert advice and assistance in selecting and caring for the perfect evergreens for your landscape.


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