Top ten evergreen shrubs
The addition of evergreen plants makes sure that your garden is full of interest throughout the season. Think bright foliage, gorgeous floral displays, and scents in winter when there isn’t much else to grow. As summer approaches, the plants continue to delight while providing the ideal background for summer perennials.
It’s a challenge to choose just ten beautiful evergreen trees, and picking only 10 is a challenge. We came to an end, so here’s our selection of the top:
- Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’
- Buxus sempervirens
- Fatsia japonica
- Lavender Angustifolia ‘Arctic Snow
- Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’
- Camellia ‘1001 Summer Nights’ Jasmine
- Euonymus fortunei ‘Blonde Beauty’
- Mahonia aquifolium ‘Apollo’
- Photinia x fraseri “Red Robin.’
- Holly Ilex aquifolium
Learn why each evergreen earned a spot in our top ten list, or browse our complete assortment of plants, such as containers, climbing, scented and winter-flowering varieties, to find more options.
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’Daphne plants are adored by their tiny but beautiful flowers appearing in the winter and early spring when there isn’t much else to grow. Select from the plain-leaved varieties to create an attractive splash of color in the winter gloom, or choose one with a variety of colors like Daphne odora “Aureomarginata” that has the appearance of a compact, rounded habit with beautiful, glossy, yellow-edged leaves.
It is ideal for containers for patios and borders. Daphne, Adora “Aureomarginata” is a tremendous small evergreen plant to add to your garden. It can be planted in shaded or partly-shaded mix borders and woodland and rock gardens.
A very beneficial plant that gardeners can choose from, Box is all about low maintenance structure. The dense leaves make it ideal for screening, and regular trimming can shape it into the type of formal topiary you’ll see in Versaille’s Palace of Versaille! Alternately, create a more loose shape, and it’ll look great in your garden at home. Box can do it all and is slow-growing, so it will not escape your grasp like an evergreen hedge.
Our suggestion would be Buxus Sempervirens Common Box. If you want to make an impact immediately, Try one of our creative hedges that grow in troughs. Each trough comprises one meter of hedging pre-planted to create a beautiful hedge right from the day you put it in.
If you’re looking for a highly durable ornamental shrub that can withstand the shady and coastal areas in your garden Fatsias, make a fantastic choice. This versatile plant has large, glossy leaves that grow on sturdy upright stems. Fatsia plants can also be purchased with silvery-colored or variegated leaves that create a stunning element in the borders of large containers for patios.
Also known as the Castor Oil Plant, Fatsia japonica is quickly growing and challenging, making it ideal for filling in the gaps within your border. It is low-maintenance and lasts for a long time. This plant has attractive white flowers that bloom throughout the summer and then transform into black seed pods in the autumn.
Lavender Angustifolia ‘Arctic Snow
The list of top evergreen plants would only be complete with the beautiful flowers of lavender. It has fragrant silver-green foliage and beautiful flowers with shades of lilac, purple, and rose; the adored hardy plant is attractive multi-purpose, incredibly aromatic, and an attractor for bees and other pollinators. Every garden needs plants from edging to hedging and borders to containers for patios.
Because of their Mediterranean origins, the lavender plants are drought-tolerant and are well for lighter, sandy soils. If you’re looking for something unique, We’ve selected Lavender Angustifolia “Arctic Winter’ for our top 10. A round variety that is a rounded variety of English lavender. Its striking white flowers and stunningly contrasted silver-green foliage are stunning.
Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’
Aucuba is an excellent option if you’re searching for an enduring plant. An evergreen tree renowned for its ability to endure the entire shade and dry soil, pollution, and salty coastal conditions. You can choose between plain-leaved varieties or colored yellow cultivars such as Aucuba japonica “Crotonifolia,” which is the source of the popular name of this plant, “Spotted Laurel.”
Aucuba japonica “Crotonifolia” is a large, leathery, glossy leaf. When you have a male plant close by the female plant, it produces bright red berries in the autumn. It is an excellent option for achieving an exotic, subtropical appearance plant Aucuba as a specimen plant or hedges. It can also be found in difficult areas with a lot of shade in the garden, adding an exciting and vibrant color.
Camellia ‘1001 Summer Nights’ Jasmine
An iconic spring-flowering tree originating from the forests in Asia, camellias are renowned for their shiny deep green leaves and the abundance of showy, large flowers that bloom early in the year. The flowers are either double or single and are available in various colors, from red to pink, to white or yellow. Although they are naturally big and can be found, smaller types are also readily available.
We suggest Camellia “1001 Summer Nights Jasmine. This camellia is the first to show its stunning blooms throughout the summer months. The camellia was developed in China by experts worldwide and scientists; expect ruffled, rosette-like blooms throughout the summer months, from mid-June to October. It’s the perfect choice for patio containers, a compact and neat plant.
Euonymus fortunei ‘Blonde Beauty’
Are you looking for a versatile evergreen? Plant incredibly well adapted to heavy clay soils? Look into cultivars like Euonymus fortunei. These plants can be used for multiple purposes. They are excellent in surviving poor soils, coastal conditions, and shade. Additionally, they can be used as an evergreen ground cover or cultivated to climb and even thrive on walls facing north. They can also be used as free-standing or hedges in borders for gardens and containers.
With a range of leaf shades to choose from, We love Euonymus fortunei “Blonde Beauty’ which, with its creamy yellow leaves trimmed with green, is great for adding winter-colored color to your backyard. A compact and dense plant that is great for borders or patio containers and low hedges and ground covers.
Mahonia aquifolium ‘Apollo’
Mahonia flowers are characterized by their architectural appearance with glossy, spiny leaves similar to the holly. They are admired for their bright yellow and incredibly aromatic spring and late winter blooms. Mahonia flowers grow on elegant, long racemes or clusters on the branches, creating an attractive and distinctive arrangement when the garden remains dormant.
It is tolerant of sandy soils, coastal conditions, and heavy shade; Mahonia is an outstanding, low-maintenance, and easy addition to woodland borders and shrub border gardens. Consider Mahonia Aquifolium “Apollo,” which is excellent for planting in the rear of walls or as a ground cover for the woodland garden.
Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’
For a spectacular display of red color in spring. Photinia can be described as a sturdy multi-purpose shrub that’s difficult to beat. The glossy leaves are red when young and slowly change from bronze-green to deep green, giving the entire plant a double-tone appearance. It is best to plant this evergreen shrub in sunny areas or as a specimen in a large pot for patio use or as a hedge.
Photinia fraseri Robin is the most well-known version of Photinia and looks gorgeous when planted in woodlands and other shrubs or as a low-maintenance specimen.
Holly Ilex Aquifolium
The hardy plant is often spikey and colorful, offering a decadent evergreen refuge and a food source for amany birds; Holly makes an excellent gardening addition. It is most well-known for its traditional dark green leaves and red berries during Christmas; various variegated varieties of holly make perfect ornamental plants within the gardens or in an interspersed border.
Holly is also a tremendously dense hedge. Holly Ilex aquifolium is an excellent selection to choose from. The spring flowers of this variety are appealing to bees. They are followed by yellow or red fruit on female plants if a male pollination companion is situated near them. The plant resists harsh conditions; this sturdy plant deserves to be in every landscape.