Evergreen Shrubs for Year-Long Color

Evergreen shrubs don’t disappoint. Add them to your landscape for vibrant flowers, leaves and stems every season.

Evergreen Viburnum

Viburnum is a dense, compact shrub with pointed green leaves edged with creamy yellow. It has clusters of red flowers in late winter and spring. Though most cultivars are deciduous, the sweet viburnum is a diehard evergreen than makes a great, tall privacy shrub.


Lavender is a compact, mound-forming shrub with long, thin, gray-green leaves. It has dark purple flower spikes with distinctive “ears” or bracts. Lavender is popular for its fragrance. Lavender likes cool weather and dry soils, so they might not survive the summer in our climate.

Japanese Mock-Orange

Pittosporum tobira, Japanese mock-orange, is a dense, rounded evergreen shrub or small tree. Foliage is glossy, dark with lighter undersides. Fragrant, small flowers with orange blossom scent appear in late spring. It is useful as a screen, hedge or container plant.

Gold Dust Aucuba

Aucuba is a large, architectural plant with huge, glossy green-and-gold leaves. A fantastic evergreen for shady areas to provide a tropical look without needing to worry about freezing temperatures.

Bay Leaf Evergreen

The bay laurel is a large shrub or small tree that can be clipped into formal topiary shapes. Shiny oval leaves can be used as an herb.


Camellias are flowering evergreen shrubs that bloom in late winter to early spring. Depending on the variety, the flower color can range from pink to red to white, backed by glossy green leaves.


Juniper is an evergreen conifer that has a wide range of varieties with different colors and growing habits. ‘Blue Point’  is a conical privacy shrub with silvery-blue needles with a bushy habit, but other cultivars, like ‘Blue Pacific’, have a creeping, spreading habit.


Holly is a bushy evergreen shrub or small tree with spiny, dark-green leaves edged with gold and bright red berries.


With their dark, glossy leaves, bright white flowers and incredible smell, gardenias have an almost legendary reputation in Southern gardens. Gardenias like well-drained, acidic soil with lots of organic content, and are more shade tolerant than most people realize.


Fragrant rosemary’s needle-like leaves stay green throughout the year in warmer zones. They will bloom throughout the cooler months.


A slow-growing conifer, yew is evergreen, with spreading branches and drooping branchlets. Yews produce red berries, but the seeds inside them are poisonous, so keep the plant away from children and pets. Many varieties have a low-growing, spreading habit and can be used as a groundcover or hedge. They also grow great in shade!


Boxwood is a beloved hedging and topiary shrub. It features bright, glossy green leaves year-round—if grown in full sun, the plant may lose some of its color during cool months, so give the shrub some shade if possible.


Yucca may be an unexpected contender in the “evergreen shrub” category, but its striking, spiky leaves are hardy and look great all year. Expect to see bell-shaped flowers appear high above the plant in midsummer.