My neighbor is a landscaper who installs quite a few plants and trees for various clients. Two of the plants he was removing had just grown to big for the location. Two others were part of a group of five where three had died. This summer wasn't a kind one to many arborvitae. The fifth plant he was removing was a 'Black Dragon' cryptomeria which had an unfortunate infestation of bagworms. Four of the evergreens I planted in the back of the yard near the shed.
This arborvitae and the one on the left edge of the picture are two parts of a puzzle. This corner is only part shade but becomes more shady each year. Behind the arborvitae there is a circle where some future hydrangeas may fund a home.
These junipers have beautiful foliage but I'm not sure they will survive since the root balls were small in proportion to the tree. The junipers are about 6'-7' tall now with root balls less than 18" in diameter. Some creative staking was required. When removing and transplanting shrubs and trees always try to get as much of the root ball as possible. I'll be out taking cuttings of these two plants very soon, just in case they don't make it. In between the two evergreens are two evergreen rhododendrons that are about knee high. I'm attempting to build a privacy screen along our back property line.
I'm excited about this Cryptomeria japonica even though its appearance may not be so great at the moment. I pulled off a dozen bagworms and pruned off a bit of the dead growth. Bagworms can do a lot of damage very quickly but this plant should recover. I planted the 'Black Dragon' cryptomeria near a Yoshino Cherry and a 'Crimson Queen' weeping Japanese maple (Acer dissectum) I bought over the weekend. This garden is fast becoming a Japanese garden!
What evergreens do you recommend planting?