Evergreen plants have the ability to keep their leaves throughout their growing cycle, unlike their deciduous counterparts. For USDA Hardiness Zone 7 there are flowering evergreens that really make the landscape pop with color and interest. Whether you want your blooms on a tree, vine or plant, there are great evergreen choices for your flowering needs.
The Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is a fragrant evergreen tree that is drought tolerant and from the magnolia family of plants. It gets 60 to 90 feet tall with 5-to-8-inch, glossy, dark green leaves. Flowers are showy and 8 to 12 inches wide, blooming in spring and summer. Grow in well drained acidic soils with full sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed, cuttings or graftings in Zones 7 to 9.
Lady Banks Rose
The Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksiae) is a fragrant, fast-growing evergreen shrub that is from the rose family of plants. It is vine-like, gets 50 feet long and is a climber. Leaves are small with white or yellow flowers 1 inch wide. Grow in full sun in most any soil. Propagate via layering or cuttings in Zones 7 to 10.
Carolina Yellow Jasmine
The Carolina yellow jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a fragrant, fast-growing evergreen that is drought tolerant and from the logania family of plants. It is a vine that gets 20 feet long with 2-to-3-inch glossy leaves and tubular yellow flowers blooming in winter to spring. Grow in sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed, cuttings or layering in Zones 7 to 9.
The Cape lily (Crinum x powellii) is an easy-to-grow evergreen perennial that is from the amaryllis family of plants. Leaves are 3 to 4 feet long, and flowers are funnel-like and 4 inches long. Colors depend on cultivar. Grow in fertile moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via division in Zones 6 to 11.
The Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis) is an easy-to-grow evergreen perennial that is from the aster/daisy family of plants. Leaves are 6 to 8 inches long with 3-to-4-inch wide ray flowers. Colors include pink, white, blue or lavender, and flowers blooms on stems 1-to-2 feet tall. Grow in acidic soil in full sun. Propagate via division or seed in Zones 5 to 10.
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