The Q&A Archives: Choosing Evergreen shrub

Question: I live in the Oklahoma City area. I have a nice flower garden with fence on the west and south side. It is mostly shaded by large neighboring trees. Along the back of this garden (against the west fence), I'd like to plant 2 or 3 evergreen shrubs to provide some color year around. I have hydrangas planted in the same area, but they are still in the 2 ft size. I was thinking something that has a small footprint and grows fairly tall would look nice planted between the hydrangas, but didn't know what would work well in the shade. The garden area is mulched and has a sprinkler on it.


Answer: There are a number of plants you can use: Nandina (heavenly bamboo) is an upright evergreen and the foliage turns red in the fall (and back to green in the spring and summer); Burford Holly produces red berries in the fall; Pittosporum blooms in April; Wax Myrtle is a standard landscape plant in your gardening region and tolerates both sun and shade and lots of pruning to keep it in shape. Hope one of these is just right for your garden.

Your hydrangeas will eventually fill out, but because they are growing in the shade, their growth rate will be slow because they prefer to have 5-6 hours of sunshine.

Best wishes with your garden!

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