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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Jul 5, 2022

This month on the Down the Garden Path podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing are talking about all the wonderful shrubs for your gardens and landscapes. In this episode, they discuss interesting evergreen shrubs. 

Join Joanne and Matt as they discuss interesting evergreen shrubs.

  • What makes an evergreen interesting?
  • What is an evergreen?
  • Best practices when caring for your evergreens
  • Differences between an evergreen vs. a conifer?
    • Conifers are cone-bearing evergreens
  • Our listeners' favourite evergreens in the warmer climate
  • Interesting evergreens listeners should look for?
    • Golden Mop Threadleaf False Cypress – Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘ Golden Mops'
    • Fire Chief Cedar – Thuja occidentalis ‘FireChief'
    • Mr. Bowling Ball & Pancake Globe Cedar – Thuja occidentalis  ‘Mr. Bowling Ball’ & T. occidentalis ‘Pancake’
    • Moon Frost Canadian Hemlock – Tsuga canadensis ‘Moon Frost’
    • Lime Glow Juniper – Juniperus horizontalis ‘Lime Glow’

Joanne and Matt answer listener questions on a variety of topics:

  • Needle drop
  • Wrapping and screening your evergreens
  • Best evergreens for privacy

Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer, Matthew Dressing owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, they do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and useful topics to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible. In their new book, Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It's now available on Amazon.