Many evergreen shrubs are easy to grow and provide form and structure to the garden. 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. Shrubs can grow large and 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. Some shrubs are totally evergreen but others such as the Hypericum may vary depending on growing conditions and be deciduous in colder areas. Many of the familiar evergreen shrubs also have deciduous varieties, I have included some for ease of reference.
The other point to check when buying evergreen shrubs for your garden is the hardy rating, whilst many evergreen shrubs are fully hardy some are less hardy. The Ceanothus illustrated is lovely but only H3 hardy and so not suitable for all gardens, but ideal for coastal and sheltered gardens.
Below are images and links for easy to grow Evergreen Shrubs and Bushes with advice on what to pick for your garden.
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