A good selection of evergreen shrubs is essential for your garden. They provide backbone and structure and give that all important year round interest. They are easy to care for and respond well to careful pruning at the correct time of year.
Evergreens, and under this umbrella I include shrubs that have variegated, silver and gold foliage, in some cases have the added bonus of flowers in spring and summer and berries in autumn and winter.
I have singled out a few shrub varieties which will make an excellent addition to your garden, but there are many more to choose from at your local garden centre, but remember to read the plant label to check that the soil condition and eventual size of the shrub will suit your own garden.
Osmanthus x Burkwoodii - this shrub has dark green glossy leaves that have finely toothed edges and has small white jasmine scented flowers in spring. Ideal for a medium to large garden as this shrub can grow to 3 m in height and diameter.
Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’ or ‘Emerald Gaiety’ both have dark green leaves edged with white, while Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ has dark green leaves with yellowy gold tips. These tough plants will tolerate shade and make a great foil for other plants, most definitely will provide you with all year round colour and interest and are great for filling that difficult spot in the garden.
Pieris ‘Forrest Flame’ – this acid soil loving evergreen produces fiery red new leaf growth that turns green with age, has clusters of ivory bell shaped flowers in spring and prefers to be sited in a shady spot, so ideal for a woodland style garden.
Pittosporum tenuifolium - The variety ‘Golf Ball’ is a neat shrub with small glossy leaves that provide architectural interest for your border all year round. In late spring and early summer this shrub has tiny scented brown/purple flowers and makes a versatile shrub to have in the garden.
Garrya elliptic ‘James Roof’ this shrub can be grown as a specimen tree in a large garden, it has dark green glossy leaves that have a wavy edge, and produces long silver tassels during the winter months that resemble icicles making it a stunning addition to the winter garden if you have the space.
Vibrunum Tinus - this shrub is perfect for winter interest. It can be grown in a border or suitable container and will tolerate shade and cope with an exposed site. From late winter to spring this shrub produces tiny star-shaped scented flowers, followed by dark blue/black fruit; this shrub will need space to mature as some varieties will reach 3m high and wide.
Finally, Skimmia Japonica ‘Nymans’ (female) – this glossy green leafed shrub has white slightly aromatic flowers in April and May followed by gorgeous red berries in the winter. You will need to plant a male variety nearby, for example ‘Kew Green’, ‘Rubella or ‘Flagans’ to cross-pollinate this plant to ensure plenty of berries for you to enjoy.
Until next time