The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Shrub

Question: I live near Seattle in zone 7 or 8. I have a 2'X 3' area that gets different amount of sunlight according to the seasons. In the high of summer, it gets 6 hours of afternoon sun. Now it gets about 2.5 to 3 hours of afternoon sun. Then it gradually decreases to 1/2 hour in the winter. I am looking for a nice evergreen, 3' or less in height, preferably with flowers and drought resistant. Any suggestions? I don't want euonymus because it can climb. Is escallonia compacta a good choice?

Answer: Escallonia is a good choice, as is Daphne Odora. Or, evergreen daylilies will grow happily there if you like the straplike foliage. Mahonia (Oregon Grape) might be another consideration for the site.

Hope one of these suggestions works for you.

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