The Q&A Archives: Beautiful flowering evergreen shrub?

Question: Hi,

I have a nice sunny spot in a bed in front of my house for a shrub that would grow to about seven feet by four feet maximum. I want something that will be beautiful focal point and as such would love to have something that flowers, but on the other hand, I like the idea of an evergreen because there are no evergreens in that bed. My landscaper has suggested viburnum, deutzia, caryopteris, and corylopsis spicata, but I think these are all deciduous. Your catalog lists Virburnum Burkwoodii as evergreen to semi-evergreen, so maybe that's an option.

Any great ideas?


Any great ideas?

Answer: That viburnum holds its leaves late in the fall but it would not be evergreen for you. On the other hand, it is a very pretty plant and could be kept at the size you have in mind. I would not suggest broadleafed evergreens for a western exposure, the reason is that it is too hot in summer and the winter sun reflecting off the house often dries them out as well. Generally speaking a southern exposure is not very good for broadleafed evergreens either for the same reason. But, for a southern or eastern exposure you might consider the evergreen Pieris japonica as long as the site is not windy in the winter time. Some of the cultivars would be right in that size range. For an eastern exposure you could also look at some of the hardier rhododendrons. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension may have some other suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions and your design goals.

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