Evergreen plants, unlike deciduous plants, never lose their leaves during the renewal cycle, while deciduous plants lose their leaves as they renew. Evergreen plants are great for those that like a full-looking garden throughout the year. There are several flower and plant varieties to choose from that can keep your garden looking nice and full at all times.
Bird of Paradise
Bird-of-paradise, or Strelitzia reginae, is a perennial evergreen that grows well in a pot or garden planter. The flower resembles the head of a bird, and the plant can reach 3 feet high, with leaves 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. They require rich acid soil, bright sun for flower growth or shade for better-looking foliage, and liberal water. To propagate, divide the clumps or plant seeds.
Aloe vera, also known as burn plant, is from the Liliaceae, or lily, family. It is a perennial evergreen with medicinal uses, and numbers around 300 species. It has fleshy stalks that contain a clear gel that can sooth redness and irritation in the skin. It requires well-draining soil, full sun or partial shade, and can be propagated via its offsets.
Palm sedge, or Carex phyllocephala, is a grass-like perennial good for container gardening in garden pots. It can grow up to 2 feet high. It requires partial or full shade, slightly moist soil and can be propagated via seed or division. These are great for texture in a garden.
Formosa palm, or Arenga engleri, attracts birds. It can grow to 10 feet tall, and has triangular leaves up to 8 feet long. It requires moist, rich, slightly acidic soil and semi-shade locations, and can be propagated via seeds.
False heather, or Cuphea hyssopifolia, is from the Lythraceae family. It is a perennial evergreen that attracts butterflies and also does well in containers. It gets to 2 feet in height with feather-like foliage. It requires well-draining, fertile soil, broken shade and regular watering. It is propagated via clump division or tip cuttings. It may grow from self sowing and from seed.
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