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For me, the secret to being a happy gardener is to make sure some percentage of my garden can pretty much fend for itself once the plants are established, leaving plenty of time to fuss over the less self-sufficient species. To that end, here are a selection of evergreen shrubs (always such problem solvers to begin with) that you can plant and forget about, but which also provide months and months of beauty and interest.
If you have questions or need additional selections, please don’t hesitate to comment below.
New and exclusive to Monrovia. Low, spreading shrub with exceptional purple foliage, yellow spring flowers, followed by showy blue-black fruit clusters. Perfect for small groupings, or mass for large-scale ground cover. Tolerates dry shade once established. Zone: 5 – 9
Southern Moon® Yedda Hawthorn
Zone: 7 – 10
Ideal back of the border or foundation shrub that’s easy care, but also has some pizzazz. Notably disease resistant, excellent for humid climates. Partial to full sun.
Sienna Sunrise® Heavenly Bamboo
Zone: 6 – 11
Adds interest to all green shrub borders (and really good with conifers) needing a boost. This one has fiery red highlights in fall and winter. Partial to full sun.
Schipka Cherry Laurel
Zone: 6 – 9
Hardier than English laurel but with the same tall and wide habit that makes an ideal tall hedge or foundation shrub in dappled shade. Fragrant spring flowers. Filtered sun.
Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive
Zone: 8 – 11
A small olive with all the Mediterranean look and feel without the size or the fruit. Heat, drought, and salt tolerant. Shear or leave in natural form as a specimen. Full sun.
Golf Ball Kohuhu
Zone: 8 – 11
Dense, formal, and fuss-free is an excellent substitute for boxwood in humid areas. Line a walkway or edge a border. Drought tolerant once established. Partial to full sun.