We have a good selection of slow-growing, elegant evergreens. They are specimen plants and can live for decades if not centuries. Something you can give to the next generation.
Japanese White Pine cultivars are some of the best. They make wonderful accents to buildings and other structures. The foliage is grouped at the ends of the branches, kind of like a pipe brush. No pest or insect problems that I know of.
Remember that Dwarf Alberta Spruce that you just removed from beside the entrance to your house? You know, that half dead pyramidal tree that looked like something that came off the assembly line and was riddled with Spider Mites? Well, replace that loser with a Suncrest Spruce. Suncrest is a dwarf cultivar of the Norway Spruce and was selected by Greg Gulden of Suncrest Gardens in Mount Holly Springs. Comparing the Suncrest to a Dwarf Alberta is like comparing a 2020 BMW to a 2000 Renault.
Then there's Gowdy Spruce, Silver Fir, Bristlecone Pine...
All these specialty evergreens have three things in common: they're elegant, they're relatively trouble-free and they're very slow-growing. Which translates to a durable, beautiful evergreen that won't quickly outgrow its space and will provide many years of magnificent service. The ones we have here are good-sized and you won't need to wait for them to grow out of babyhood.