The Q&A Archives: plants for an outdoor shower area

Questioner's Location: Hampstead, NC
Date: July 21, 2006

Question: I need help planning an outdoor shower area that will be used all year long. It is located on the intercoastal waterway in NC. I'd like all or most of the plants to be evergreen, drought, salt & deer resistant. I like shrubs 5-8' tall, groundcover, perennials and bulbs and whatever else you can suggest. The soil is sand. Thank you for your help!

Answer: There are a number of suitable evergreens for your gardening region. Here's a partial list:
Abelia; Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis); Arborvitae, Oriental (Platycladus orientalis); Azalea (evergreen & semi-evergreen); Barberry (Berberis x mentorensis, Berberis thunbergii, Berberis julianae; Boxwood (Buxus microphylla, Buxus sempervirens); Camellia; Ceanothus; Cedar; Chamaecyparis (False Cypress); Cotoneaster; Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica); Daphne; Eleagnus (Elaeagnus pungens); English ivy (Hedera helix); Euonymus; Fir (Abies spp.); Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides); Heath (Erica spp.); Hemlock (Tsuga spp.); Holly (Ilex cornuta, Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri', Ilex opaca, Ilex vomitoria, Ilex aquifolium, Ilex crenata; Jasmine (Jasminum spp.); Juniper, Creeping (Juniperus horizontalis),
Juniper, Chinese (Juniperus chinensis), Juniper, Shore (Juniperus conferta); Leyland cypress ( x Cupressocyparis leylandii); Magnolia; Oleander (Nerium oleander); Osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus); Photinia; Pine, Mugo (Pinus mugo);
Pine, Eastern white (Pinus strobus); Pittosporum; Podocarpus; Privet (Ligustrunum spp.); Pyracantha; Rhododendron; Spruce (Picea spp.); Viburnum, or Yew.

Best wishes with your new design!

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