9 Best Types of Evergreen Shrubs to Grow for Year-Round Color

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

This evergreen boasts soft, fan-like foliage and is often used as a hedge or screening plant. Smaller varieties add evergreen color to mixed borders.

Blue Holly (Ilex x meserveae)

A dense evergreen with glossy blue-green foliage and bright red berries in fall and winter. Plant male cultivars near female ones for fruit set.

Boxwood (Buxus spp.)

Ideal for low hedges, boxwood features tiny leaves and dense branching. It can be shaped into formal designs, with cultivars like Green Gem and Green Mountain offering various growth forms.

Camellia (Camellia spp.)

Known for its large dark green leaves and winter or early spring flowers, which can be single or double in white, red, pink, or bicolor.

Common Juniper (Juniperus communis)

This adaptable native evergreen shrub has slightly prickly foliage and thrives in various conditions. It can be pruned into formal shapes and comes in low-growing or upright varieties.

Dwarf Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Globosa')

A slow-growing shrub with blue-gray needles, perfect for foundation plantings or mixed borders, offering year-round color.

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus)

Also known as box-leaf or Japanese euonymus, this tough shrub adapts well to various conditions. Available in several cultivars, some with variegated foliage.

False Cypress (Chamaecyparis spp.)

This conifer features soft foliage and deer resistance, with varieties offering chartreuse or grass green foliage. Suitable for both shrub and tree forms.

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

Known for its glossy evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers, gardenia is perfect for container gardens and small spaces.