If you aren't a fan of conifers and other evergreens yet, you're missing out on some fantastic garden plants, to say nothing of a fourth gardening season--now, the time of winter interest.
There are more to evergreens than ever-green, I always say. I think many people swore off evergreens because of the uninspired plantings found in many subdivisions. You know the kind I mean. A couple of tall cedars, some overly pruned yews and junipers, all standing huddled against house foundations, or slowly dying from being planted in the wrong location.
Oh, there are just so many more choices, and more plant sizes, shapes, colours...Bunchberry Nurseries, Rob Baldwin of Baldwin Nurseries, and of course, our mutual late lamented friend Captain Dick Steele of Bayport Plant Farm.
You'll find out they're rather like potato chips. You can't have just one.
And as an added bonus, many of them change colour in the winter. The photo above is Juniper 'Limeglow', which during the summer is gold and green. Now, it's gold and reddish copper. Either way, it's quite fantastic.
Well, you get the point. We have plenty of choices.
One more thing to remember. If you've purchased a large, ball and burlaped tree or shrub, take time to loosen the root ball and spread the roots out into a large, generous hole when you plant it. Or else...
...you could be looking for a new mature blue spruce or weeping hemlock to plant in your yard after a big windstorm. You can see someone never bothered to loosen the rootball with this spruce...and now they will never need to.
Addendum: As one of my commenters mentioned, and as we've been discussing on bloominganswers.com and elsewhere, there are several wonderful books on working with conifers in your garden. Adrian Bloom's Gardening with Conifers is one of those books that actually excited me into wanting to plant more conifers. The commenter also recommended 'Designing with Conifers' by Richard L. Bitner. These books are well illustrated with splendid photos, which is always important for gardeners.