10 Evergreens to Beautify Your Garden Year-Round

Perk up a drab yard with some leafy, four-season greenery. Here are ten varieties certain to do just that.

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  1. Mr. Bowling Ball White Cedar


    The ultra-ornamental Mr. Bowling Ball white cedar grows into perfect two- to three-foot balls, with finely textured, feather-like sage green foliage. It works well as an accent or a hedge. 

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  2. Gardenia


    Enjoy a profusion of sweet fragrance with Gardenia. Its glossy foliage provides a beautiful background for its long-blooming flowers, which are excellent for cutting. Cultivated for more than a thousand years in China, it is cold hardy in the climate of the American South.


  3. Blue Star Juniper


    Add a colorful, silver-blue contrast to a landscape of green or purple foliage with Blue Star Juniper. Native to China and the Himalayas, its dense, spreading branches are perfect for a rock garden, bank, or low border. Graceful and unique, it makes a definite impact.

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  4. Camellia


    You can keep flowers blooming in your garden all winter long with camellias. These hardworking shrubs deliver eye-popping blossoms in red, pink, and white through fall and winter. There are spring-blooming, as well as fall- and winter-blooming, varieties, but all have glossy, dark green leaves that are a delight in and of themselves. Upright varieties can be trained into trees for a stunning garden accent.

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  5. Drops of Gold Holly


    Make a dramatic statement in a hedge or foundation landscaping with Drops of Gold Holly. Its top leaves are golden yellow, a brilliant contrast to the rich, green foliage underneath. It can be sheared annually or left to take on an organic shape, which accentuates its variegated beauty.

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  6. Spotted Laurel


    Splash color into a shady patch of your garden with Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica), which has broad and bold upright stems with gold-spotted, dark green leaves. Like hollies, only the female plant produces berries and it requires a male pollenizer.


  7. Royal Purple Smoke Bush


    Invite lush and changing color into your landscape with Royal Purple Smoke Bush. New growth opens red and then deepens to rich purple, complemented by feathery flowers. But wait—the show’s not over. Fall brings a burnished orange color to its foliage. Growing to 10 feet high and wide, this is a standout as an accent, barrier, or border.


  8. David Viburnum


    Provide year-round interest in your landscaping with Virburnum davidii (David viburnum). It has glossy, dark green leaves and bursts with showy white flowers in spring, followed by brilliant blue berries in the fall that attract birds and butterflies. Plant two or more to ensure good cross-pollination for consistent berry production.

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  9. Nandina


    Delight in Nandina domestica , also known as heavenly bamboo. Its showy fall foliage is punctuated by masses of red berries through winter. Late spring brings on white flowers, which cascade over its soft, slender leaves. Upright and full to the base, it’s an outstanding addition to a porch or patio.

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  10. Euonymus


    Bring a show to your garden with any of the many varieties of euonymus. Many cultivars of this highly ornamental evergreen display variegated leaves that turn color in cold weather. Some can even vine or creep as high as 20 feet.

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