Evergreen shrubs are the backbone of a garden. They provide structure in the garden and because evergreens are always in leaf; they add garden interest all the year round without too much hard work.
As with all shrubs, there is a significant variation in size even within the same group of shrubs, such as the Rhododendron group, so before you buy, it's best to check the eventual size of that variety. Unless you have a lot of space, some larger varieties can overgrow the border, crowding out other plants. Many evergreens have excellent foliage such as Euonymus, Escallonia and Camellia, others are grown for their flowers, such as the stunning blue of the Ceanothus. The lovely Choisya has it all, attractive foliage with lovely creamy white flowers which are sweetly scented, making it a must for any garden.
Most evergreen shrubs are low maintenance and easy to grow, which is why they are so popular. This group of shrubs can be totally evergreen but others, such as the Hypericum, may vary depending on growing conditions and be deciduous in colder areas.
Before buying an evergreen shrub for your garden, check it's hardy rating, as not all are fully hardy. The Ceanothus illustrated is lovely but only H3 hardy and so not suitable for all gardens.
Below are images and links for easy to grow Evergreen Shrubs and Bushes with advice on what to pick for your garden. Shrubs are of great interest to our garden birds, for shelter, nesting and food. Habitat is as important as bird feeders and a collection of shrubs will help to bring birds into the garden check out bird friendly shrubs.
Sometimes in a garden you need cover and privacy quickly, check out fast growing evergreen shrubs.
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