Evergreen plants retain their showy foliage, as well as their vibrant color, all year long. This evergreen often produces red berries in winter that light up the landscape with much-needed color. The berries on evergreen plants also attract wildlife such as birds to the garden to create the quintessential garden feel. Nestled as a backdrop among a perennial garden or garden wall, evergreen plants help to define the garden space with their long-lasting color.
Chinese holly (Ilex cornuta) is an evergreen shrub with a moderate growth rate and medium to course texture. The Chinese holly bush lights up with red berries in winter. Growing 8 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, Chinese holly shrubs are ideal for a makeshift privacy hedge. The upright, rounded form on the Chinese holly bush is dense and multi-stemmed. The shrubs have long, dark green leaves that grow up to 4 inches. Drought- and heat-tolerant, Chinese holly shrubs attract bumblebees and birds to the garden. The small, white flowers on the emerge in spring. The shrubs prefer full sun to light shade a wide range of soil types. The USDA Hardiness zones are 7 to 9.
Cranberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus) has a slow to moderate growth rate and fine texture. The bush produces an abundance of cranberry red berries in the fall. Cranberry cotoneaster bushes grow 3 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide, ideal as a landscape plant in a front bed or border. The dark green leaves grow less than 1 inch long and turn bronze in winter. Cranberry cotoneaster shrubs grow in mound-like form with low- and stiff-spreading branches. Drought-tolerant, cranberry cotoneaster plants produce small pink flowers in early summer. These shrubs prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soils in a wide range of conditions, excluding overly wet soil. The zones for planting are 4 to 7.
Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum) is an evergreen shrub that produces red berries that light up the bush in winter. The upright form and multi-stemmed shape holds the course foliage. Leatherleaf viburnum has oval, dark green leaves that grow 3 to 7 inches long. The flat-topped flowers are yellow and white and grow 4 to 8 inches wide. It has a moderate growth rate and an ability to retain its showy foliage and leaves throughout the winter. Ideal nestled along a backyard patio for maximum privacy, leatherleaf viburnum is a long-lasting evergreen shrub. The shrubs prefer partial shade to full shade and well-drained, moist soils to thrive. The zones for planting are 5 to 7.
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