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Evergreen shrubs for your yard

Planting evergreen shrubs is one of the easiest ways to achieve a low-maintenance garden that looks great all year round. Help your landscape flow from late winter to autumn without a lapse in colour by choosing a variety of flowering shrubs.

We often receive comments and questions on what are the best shrubs for the garden, as there are so many options and it can be quite confusing. We have researched and found the top nine shrubs that grow well and look good all year round, need little in the way of care and are not too fussy about soil.

1. Dwarf bottlebrush (Callistemon ‘Great Balls of Fire’)

All bottlebrush are foolproof but this compact selection looks good year round with dark green leaves, flushes of colourful new growth and occasional small, dark red bottlebrush flowers. A top choice for a low hedge. Size (hxw): 1.5mx1.5m. Bottlebrush is best planted in sunny or part-shady spots.

2. Euphorbia ‘Hip Hop’

This looks like a delicate plant but in reality is tough. It has sprays of small white flowers throughout the year that soften the look of other plantings. It is also a top container plant. Prune if necessary. A similar variety is ‘Diamond Frost’. Size (hxw): 50cmx50cm. Sun to part shade.

3. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

All hydrangeas are surprisingly low-fuss plants but ‘Endless Summer’ is a pretty, long-flowering variety for shaded gardens or potted displays. It flowers from summer to autumn. Hydrangeas are deciduous in winter when they are pruned. Water well in summer. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Part shade.

4. Diosma (Diosma ericoides)

Diosma is at its prettiest in early spring smothered in tiny star-shaped white flowers. It is a soft, mounding, bright green shrub the rest of the year, that fits into any planting scheme. It is long-lived in well-draining soil. Compact and gold varieties available. Prune after flowering to shape. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Sun.

5. Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata ‘Royal Cape’)

Another soft, sprawling evergreen shrub for a low-care garden or as an informal hedge or border. The species spreads by suckering and can also climb, but ‘Royal Cape’ doesn’t sucker. It has clusters of deep blue flowers for much of the year. In summer and autumn they are massed with tiny blue butterflies. Prune hard any time. Size (hxw): 2mx2m. Sun.

6. Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’

One of the most popular garden shrubs in Australia, this evergreen native is rarely without a flower. Use as a low hedge or specimen plant. The pinkish-red, toothbrush-shaped flowers are attractive to nectar-feeding birds. Prune to keep compact after a flush of flowers. Size (hxw): 1.5mx1.5m. Sun.

7. Fairy rose (Rosa ‘The Fairy’)

Roses are not usually included in a foolproof plant list but this low-growing Floribunda rarely needs attention if grown in a full-sun position. It has glossy green disease-resistant leaves and sprays of tiny pink double flowers from spring to autumn. Use as a feature plant, an informal hedge or in a pot. Prune in winter. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Sun.

8. Persian shield (Strobilanthes gossypinus)

Grow this handsome evergreen shrub in a sunny to lightly shaded spot with frost protection. It has handsome silvery-green leaves and sprays of lavender-blue flowers in spring and summer. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Sun to part shade.

9. Sasanqua camellia

This long-flowering shrub is a star in gardens with varieties offering a range of sizes, shapes and flower colours including pink and white. Plants bloom from late summer to early winter and are grown as hedges, background shrubs or in large containers. Prune after flowering if desired. Size (hxw): 1-3mx1-1.5m. Sun to shade. — Courtesy of Yates

Plumbago
Hydrangea
Grevillea
Dwarf bottlebrush
Euphorbia