An Evergreen for Winter Structure and Beauty
Everyone views evergreen plants from different perspectives. Some prefer their garden to consist of mostly unusual and colorful evergreen shrubs, providing a more consistent appearance throughout the year. Others prefer evergreens to serve as the slender backbone of a garden, providing winter structure through foliage and form while allowing other plants to take center stage throughout the remainder of the year. I must admit, I am a member of the latter design philosophy and the palette of evergreen plants for providing this winter backbone is substantial. However, with its glossy deep green foliage, Plum Yew or Cephalotaxus as it is known botanically has rapidly become one of my favorite evergreens for the winter garden.