North Texas evergreens include some very common and popular plants that are found in gardens throughout the country. When selecting evergreens to plant in north Texas, look for ones that are at least hardy to USDA zone 6.
The Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), from the buttercup family of plants, is an evergreen perennial. Its 18-inch-long leaves are lance-like. Flowers are 2 to 3 inches wide in colors of pink, rose, white or purple. The entire plant is 16 to 20 inches tall. Plant a Lenten rose in rich, well-drained soil that is moist and in a heavy to light shade area. Propagate via seed or division in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.
Stokes aster (Stokesia laevis) is from the aster/daisy family of plants. It is an easy-to-grow evergreen perennial. Leaves are 6 to 8 inches long and flowers are 3 to 4 inches wide in pink, white, blue or lavender. The entire plant gets 1 to 2 feet tall. Plant a Stokes aster in acidic, moist soil that is well drained. Propagate via seed or division in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 10.
The Cape lily (Crinum x powellii) is from the amaryllis family of plants and is an easy-to-grow evergreen perennial. Leaves are 3 to 4 feet long and strap-like. Flowers are funnel-like and 4 inches long on stalks. Colors are dependent on cultivar. Plant a Cape lily in fertile, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via division in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 11.
The slingseed juniper (Juniperus squamata) is from the cypress family of plants. Sometimes called flaky juniper, it is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Foliage is needles that are silver-blue or gray. Bark is brown and peeling. Plant a slingseed juniper in full sun or partial shade and in well-drained soil. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8.
Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) comes from the rose family of plants. Also called garden burnet, it is an evergreen perennial. It gets 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Leaves are 1 foot long and arching with flowers that are tiny and purple or pink. Plant a salad burnet in well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Propagate via seed in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 10.
Rue (Ruta graveolens) is from the citrus family of plants and is also known as herb of grace. It is a drought-tolerant evergreen perennial. It gets 2 to 3 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide. Leaves are oblong and 3 to 5 inches long. It is the leaves that hold the fragrance. Flowers are yellow and on clusters, each bloom being ½ inch wide. Plant rue herb in full sun and in poor, sandy soils. Propagate via cuttings or seed in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.