When landscaping your garden the amount of care required for each plant is a big consideration. Plants that stay small can help reduce maintenance because they require little ongoing care to keep pruned to a reasonable landscape size, and evergreen plants also reduce the amount of care needed by eliminating the need for fall raking.
Little Heath Lily of the Valley Shrub
Little Heath Lily of the Valley Shrub is a dwarf shrub that grows to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. It has golden edging on each leaf and makes an elegant year-round foliage display in your landscape. Its slow growth habit means less pruning for you, and the small evergreen leaves do not need to be raked up in fall. Little Heath Lily of the Valley Shrub blooms in February or March and has white bell-shaped flowers. The new leaves on this dwarf shrub are an attractive shade of bronzey-red. It grows well in USDA Zones 5 to 9 and prefers part sun.
Spring Cream Scotch Heather
Spring Cream Scotch Heather is a small evergreen landscaping plant which grows to 2 feet tall and wide. It has bright creamy-white new growth in spring and profuse white flowers in late summer that can be cut and put in a small vase indoors. The plant thrives in USDA zones 5 through 9, prefers full sun, and once established can tolerate low-water conditions.
Dora Amateis Rhododendron
Dora Amateis Rhododendron is a sturdy rhododendron that thrives in all light conditions from full shade to full sun. This small evergreen plant grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, and has medium to dark green leaves. This rhododendron thrives in USDA zones 6 to 9 and is a stunning plant when it blooms in spring. The large white blossoms completely cover the foliage on this shrub in spring and it glows bright white within the landscape.
Variegated Carmel Creeper
Variegated Carmel Creeper is a ground covering evergreen foliage plant that is more compact than most other ground covering shrubs. It reaches a petite 1 foot tall and 4 to 5 feet wide, and the foliage has bright golden variegation that makes a bold landscape display. It grows well in USDA zones 8 to 10, has puffy blue blossoms in spring, and prefers full sun to part shade. It is drought-tolerant once established.