Fast Growing Evergreen Plants

Getting a garden growing quickly requires fast-growing plants. Having plants that won't lose their greenness or their foliage requires evergreens. Having fast-growing evergreens will let you have a garden that stays lovely year round and gets to maturity faster than the norm. Planting a garden with these types of plants can give you results quickly and give you more time to enjoy the results.

Flaming Glorybower

Clerodendrum splendens from the verbena family, also known as the flaming glorybower, is a fast growing evergreen vine that attracts butterflies. It gets 12 feet long with 7-inch long leaves and scarlet or white clustered flowers 1 inch wide. Grow in full sun, and water frequently. Propagate via cuttings or suckers in USDA hardiness zones of 10 through 11.

Scaevola

Scaevola aemula, from the scaevola family, also known scaevola or fairy fanflowre, is a drought-tolerant, fast-growing evergreen perennial. Leaves are 2 inches long with 1-inch wide flowers in spring and summer. Flower colors are typically white, blue or lilac. The plant will grow in a mound 20 inches high. Grow in full sun or light shade in loose sandy soils. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11.

African Tuliptree

Spathodea campanulata, from the bignonia family, also known as the African tuliptree or flame of the forest, is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant evergreen tree that attracts hummingbirds and song birds. It grows to 80 feet tall with deep green leaves that are 1 to 2 feet long. The flowers are orange-scarlet and tulip-like. Grow in rich soil in shade or full sun. Propagate via seed, suckers or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 10 through 11.

Cherokee Rose

Rosa laevigata, from the rose family, also known as the Cherokee rose, is a fast-growing, fragrant evergreen that is drought tolerant and attractive to butterflies or song birds. It gets 10 to 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The flowers are 3-1/2 to 4 inches wide and white, blooming in the spring. The leaves are glossy and light green, 1 to 3-1/2 inches long. Grow in well-drained, fertile soils in full sun or some shade. Propagate via cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 7 through 9.

Poinsettia

Euphorbia pulcherrima, from the spurge family, also known as poinsettia, is a drought-tolerant, fast-growing evergreen perennial. It can grow to 10 feet tall, with large, dark green leaves. Flowers bloom in winter and are the yellow centers in the middle of the 4 to 7-inch bracts, which are brightly colored. Grow in full sun or some shade and propagate via cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11.

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About this Author

Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.