Evergreen shrubs retain their foliage and color all year long, including winter. During their blooming season, some evergreen shrubs light up with flowers to create a showy landscape display. Plant flowering along a front flowerbed for much-needed color during winter and throughout the year.
Robin Hill Azalea
Robin Hill azalea (Rhododendron Robin Hill hybrids) is an evergreen shrub with a moderate growth rate and medium texture. Growing 1 to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, Robin Hill azalea shrubs have an open, spreading form. The bright pink flowers on the Robin Hill azalea shrub are blotched with areas of red and white and grow up to 4 inches wide. Robin Hill azalea shrubs have medium to dark green leaves that are oval-shaped and simple. They prefer partial shade and well-drained, moist soil that is acidic and nutrient-rich. Plant Robin Hill azaleas in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 and 8.
Paleleaf barberry (Berberis candidula) is an evergreen shrub with medium to fine texture and tiny, bright yellow flowers. Slow-growing, paleleaf barberry shrubs grow 2 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide, ideal for lining a garden walkway. The low-growing and dense form of the paleleaf barberry has a hemispherical shape and arching stems. The lustrous, leather-like dark green leaves of the paleleaf barberry grow 1 to 2 inches long and develop a red tinge during winter. Easy to transplant, paleleaf barberry shrubs can be planted as ground cover or nestled among a rock garden. Paleleaf barberry requires full sun to partial shade and well-drained, moist soil. Plant paleleaf barberry in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 8.
Lindley Butterfly Bush
The Lindley butterfly bush (Buddleia lindleyana) is a rapidly growing evergreen shrub with purple flowers that grow in upright panicles. Growing 4 to 6 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, Lindley butterfly bushes have a large, rounded form with arching branches. Drought-tolerant, the Lindley butterfly bush attracts butterflies to the garden. The foliage on the Lindley butterfly bush is dark green and shiny with each leaf growing 2 to 4 inches long. Prune the Lindley butterfly bush in late winter to early spring to promote new growth the following season. Lindley butterfly bushes prefer full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Plant this evergreen shrub in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 9.