Evergreen shrubs and plants have the ability to retain their leaves and color all year long. When most other plants and shrubs die back, the evergreen is a constant source of vibrancy in the garden. Many evergreen shrubs have needles that range in colors from blue-green to silver and gray and with age become thicker. Nestled in containers or among a garden wall, evergreens provide a long-lasting landscape presence and burst of color during the much-needed gray months of winter.
Holmstrup arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis "Holmstrup") is an evergreen shrub with a slow growth rate and medium texture. The flattened, dense sprays on the holmstrup arborvitae shrub are composed of bright green needles that radiate out to overlap with other sprays. Holmstrup arborvitae shrubs grow 3 to 6 feet tall and wide and have a compact, pyramidal shape. Holmstrup arborvitae prefer full sun and deep, well-drained, moist soil to thrive. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 3 to 7.
Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis "Iowa") is an evergreen shrub with an upright, columnar form and narrow shape. Growing 10 to 15 feet tall and wide, the Chinese juniper is ideal planted as a privacy hedgerow along a backyard patio. The gray-green foliage on the Chinese juniper lights up the landscape all year long, including winter. As the Chinese juniper matures, the growth becomes denser to provide more privacy to the landscape. The waxy berries on the Chinese juniper are silver-blue and emerge in winter. Chinese juniper shrubs prefer full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Versatile and hardy, Chinese junipers tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and types. The Hardiness Zone for planting is 3 to 9.
Hardy Ice Plant
Hardy ice plant (Delosperma nubigena) is an evergreen ground cover with a rapid growth rate. Growing 2 inches high and 3 feet wide, the hardy ice plant has showy, bright yellow flowers. The daisy-like blooms emerge in spring to light up the garden with color and texture. The drought-tolerant hardy ice plant has thick, shiny leaves that are bright green and fleshy. Ranging just over 1 inch long, the leaves cast a red tinge in fall. Hardy ice plant requires a spacing of 10 to 14 inches apart to ensure adequate room for growth. Tucked along a rock garden or front flowerbed, hardy ice plants create a showy display. Hardy ice plants require full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. The Hardiness Zone for planting is 6 to 9.