Making a hedge out of dwarf evergreens achieves several things including an attractive privacy screen. Dwarf evergreens also add texture and color to your garden that lasts year-round. More evergreen plants are available than ever before, giving you a wide variety of choices in size, color, growth rate, and sun or shade requirements–make sure your choices grow in your zone. Since most require little maintenance once planted, you can enjoy them without stress.
Growing up to 20 inches tall and wide, this evergreen shrub thrives in almost any environment. Featuring fragrant foliage as well as beautiful purple flowers in the summer, this plant requires little maintenance once planted. Wall germander requires full sun with well-drained, slightly acidic soil, and grows well in USDA zones 5-9. You can also clip this plant to create a denser hedge during spring and summer if you don’t want the flowers to bloom.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Perfect for a dense, taller hedge, this evergreen reaches up to 12 feet in height, but only grows less than four inches per year. If you need to create a hedge for privacy immediately, buy trees that are already several feet tall–these plants grow to about 4 feet wide when fully mature. Looking much like a compact, light green Christmas tree, this evergreen requires full sun and well-drained, acidic soil. Otherwise, little maintenance is needed once the plant is established. Even pruning is not required since the tree grows so slowly. This evergreen thrives in zones 3-8.
Little Giant Cedar
This light green, compact evergreen grows into a 3-foot plant with a rounded form, perfect for hedges and more formal-looking gardens. It keeps its shape even without any pruning, reaching about 24 inches wide when mature. Other than watering until the plant is established, little giant cedar requires little maintenance. This plant thrives in zones 3-9 when planted in full to partial sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
Dwarf Magellan Barberry
This evergreen shrub grows in dense green mounds up to 24 inches tall and wide. A thorny bush, this plant grows well up to hardy zone 7 in almost any environment including full sun or shady areas. In the spring, yellowish-orange flowers cover the plant, making it an attractive low-lying hedge. Small dark-red berries form in June or July. Little maintenance is required once the plant gets established in well-drained soil, making it an ideal plant for dry climates.