The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Screen

Question: I'm looking for a lower growing evergreen bush that will hold up well to intense sunlight and to shade (half the day that section of the house is in the sun and the other half...). I need it to grow no more than about 5' high and act as a windbreak for the front of my house. I'm so confused with the options out there! Help! Also, when is the best time to plant these and how do I know how many to get?

Answer: There are a number of shrubs you might consider:

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia). Shrub. Flowers in the spring. Dark, evergreen leaves. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Hardy Zones 4-9.

Pieris (Pieris japonica). A popular flowering shrub that blooms in early spring. But you?ll see flower buds develop in winter and dangle down. Dark, evergreen leaves. Grow in moist, acidic soil and partial shade. Hardy Zones 5-7.

Viburnum (Viburnum species). Shrub. Flowers in spring, and has dark-green foliage through the summer. In the fall, leaves turn deep red, yellow or maroon, and bright-red berries develop. Linden viburnum grows in Zones 5-7; American cranberrybush types in Zones 2-7; European cranberrybush types in Zones 3-8.

Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima). This medium-sized shrub blooms in late winter and early spring with white flowers noted for their fragrance. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions and prefers full sun or partial shade. Leaves will fall in unusually cold winters but most of the foliage usually stays throughout the winter. Hardy Zones 4-8.

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