Small growing evergreen plants are a must for all gardens, no matter what size. Many are perfect subjects to grow in large containers and so are especially suited to those who have a balcony as a garden.
There are many evergreen shrubs to choose from, but I've highlighted some of my favourites here.
If you're looking for fast-growing or flowering evergreen shrubs, check out my other articles highlighting some of my favourites:
Explore the full collection of evergreen shrubs below:
Garden Beauty UKRock Rose 'Anne Palmer' - 3L Pot - Half-Hardy Shrub - Cistus
GardeningExpressFatsia Japonica - Japanese Aralia Plants - Approx 2 Litre container - Evergreen
GardeningExpressFatsia japonica 'Spiders Web' - hardy evergreen - supplied in approx 1.5 container
GardeningExpressMimosa 'Gaulois Astier' - Large In 5L Pot - Half-Hardy Shrub - Acacia dealbata
GardeningExpressPyracantha Soleil d'Or - Firethorn - Approx 3L container - Hardy Evergreen Shrub
GardeningExpressHebe 'Red Edge' - 5L Pot - Hardy Shrub
- Cistus is also known as Sun or Rock Roses.
- They thrive in full sun, which is where they get their common names.
- There are many varieties with colours varying from white through to soft pink and purple.
White flowers of _Cistus corbariensis_
- Cistus are small growing evergreen shrubs that need good drainage to thrive. They also relish when planted in poor soil.
- They grow quickly and tidily but can develop woody stems as they mature.
- When Rock Rose begins to mature and becomes woody, you can root a shoot tip and start the plant off again.
- Leaves are often hairy and packed with scented oils. Both the hairs and oils help to prevent water loss, allowing the plant to withstand summer droughts.
Where to buy Cistus:
_Daphne odora_ 'Aureovariegata'
- Most Daphnes have sweet-scented flowers that bloom in winter or early spring.
- Although they can be challenging to establish and are sometimes short-lived, Daphne are prized and sought after by keen gardeners.
- Well-drained soil that retains moisture well in the partial sun would be the perfect place to plant most daphne types.
- Some varieties have beautiful variegated foliage.
_Daphne odora_ 'Rebecca'
- The most sought after varieties are difficult to propagate, which means they can be on the more expensive side when compared to other shrubs.
Grab yourself a Daphne plant:
- There are lots of evergreen Euonymus, with many varieties growing quite large.
- Although, varieties of Euonymus fortunei are not only low growing, but are also very easy to grow.
- Frequently planted to provide colourful evergreen ground cover, Euonymus frotunei varieties are happy to grow in various soil types.
- Euonymus frotunei will tolerate shade, part shade or full sun.
_Euonymus fortunei_ 'Emerald Gaiety'
- Most Euonymus fortunei only knee-high, but you can regularly prune them back if necessary.
Where to buy Euonymus
GardeningExpressEuonymus 'Golden Harlequin' - 2-3L Pot - Hardy Shrub
GardeningExpressBurning Bush - 3L Pot - Hardy Shrub - Euonymus Alatus
GardeningExpressSpindle 'Harlequin' - 1-2L Pot - Hardy Shrub - Euonymus Fortunei
Garden Beauty UKJapanese Euonymus 'Duc d Anjou' - 3L Pot - Hardy Shrub - Euonymus Japonicus
GardeningExpressSpindle 'Emerald 'N' Gold' - 2-3L Pot - Hardy Shrub - Euonymus Fortunei
GardeningExpressJapanese Spindle 'White Spire' - 2L Pot - Hardy Shrub - Euonymus Japonicus
- Hebes are lovely, small flowering evergreen shrubs. They often have beautiful and colourful foliage too.
- All Hebes are evergreen and originate from New Zealand, but many new varieties have been bred in the UK.
- The flowering period for this lovely versatile evergreen is long-lasting. The first blooms appear in spring and continue through to autumn.
- Due to climate change, it is now possible to grow Hebes in areas that would have been too cold for them 20 years ago.
- Hebes are very wind tolerant and grow quick. You can prune them hard if necessary, although you should try to do this in spring.
- Flower colours range from shades of white, pink, red, purple and even blue!
Hebe now know as Veronica Collection
GardeningExpressHebe Pimeleoides - 5L Pot - Hardy Shrub
Garden Beauty UKHebe Garden Beauty Pink - 2L Pot - Hardy Shrub
GardeningExpressHebe pinguifolia 'Pagei' - 1.5L Pot - Hardy Shrub
Garden Beauty UKHebe pinguifolia 'Pagei' - 2L Pot - Hardy Shrub
Garden Beauty UKHebe 'Silver Anniversary' - 2L Pot - Hardy Evergreen Shrub
Garden Beauty UKHebe 'Baby Marie' - 7.5L Pot - Hardy Shrub
- Removing spent blooms ('dead-heading') will encourage plants to bloom for longer.
- Many of these small Hebe varieties grow well in large containers.
- If you want to increase your stock or perhaps give away a cutting to a friend, Hebes are very easy to root from softwood or semi-ripe cuttings.
- You could say that out of all the small growing evergreen shrubs mentioned here, Lavender is the most popular.
- There are many varieties of this scented, summer-flowering, evergreen shrub.
- Most varieties have flowers that are shades of blue or purple, but some can be white or cream, too.
- The dense foliage of Lavender is often grey coloured and frequently aromatically scented too.
- All Lavender need well-drained soil in a sunny position to grow well.
- Prune English or Dutch lavender varieties as soon as the colour fades from the flowers.
- To prune Lavender, cut the flower stems along with a bit of the stem below. This keeps the plant compact.
_Lavandula stoechas_ 'Kew Red'
- French Lavender has flowers on shorter stems that flower over a more extended period than the more common Lavender.
- French Lavender is also less hardy and can be severely damaged or killed by very harsh, cold winters.
- French Lavender also tends to resent pruning. A light trim will improve it after most of the flowers have faded.