Looking for an evergreen shrub to put in that shady spot in your yard? Here is the list for you! We are here to make your life a little easier with plants that offer year-round beauty even in shady spots. Read on to learn all about Evergreen Shrubs for Shade!
The evergreen shrubs highlighted in green tolerate even full shade. Everything else will need at least a couple hours of sun, but keep in mind even dappled sun shooting through tree canopies qualifies as part shade so don’t fret. Your shady spot probably isn’t as hopeless as you think!
The popular American Boxwood is sure to transform your home and garden. This trusted landscape standard provides year-round color, texture, and beauty. Reaching over 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide at maturity this is one of the few large boxwoods. Plant about 6 feet apart for a superb privacy screen.
The distylium is an exciting, new broadleaf evergreen that flowers throughout winter. Reaching about 4 feet tall and wide at maturity the Blue Cascade makes an excellent choice for foundation plantings.
This holly is a small no maintenance evergreen shrub that can be used anywhere in the landscape. With a mature size of 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide, Carissa hollies make an excellent low growing hedge.
The Dwarf Burfordi Holly is perfect for coastal areas and warmer regions of the country. This hardy holly is pest, disease, deer, and rabbit resistant as well as pollution and salt tolerant. With a naturally rounded shape and moderate size of 5 to 6 feet wide and tall at maturity this evergreen works in just about any type of landscape. The Dwarf Burford Holly make gorgeous evergreen bushes
The Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper is a compact groundcover juniper that grows in a lovely, cascading fashion that flows outward along the ground, over rocks, or down a wall or container for a stunning, natural look.. The lush foliage is a vivid green that transitions to hints of blue and purple as temperatures drop. These hardy evergreen shrubs are drought and pollution tolerant as well as pest and disease resistant.
The Flirt Nandina is the smallest nandina out there. At only 1 to 2 feet tall and wide this nandina can fit anywhere and is even great for containers. You'll love this plant as a vibrant border. With red, purples, and greens the dwarf Flirt Nandina offers a color punch that is hard to beat.
With golden yellow spots on shiny green leaves these shade loving evergreen shrubs are quite unique. This heat lover gives an almost tropical feel and even works well in containers as a houseplant. These evergreen shrubs reach up to 8 feet tall at maturity and 5 to 6 feet wide.
The Japanese Plum Yew has lush, evergreen foliage that looks like miniature palm fronds. This low maintenance shrub is lovely as a specimen. The Plum Yew is a great hedge plant. This yew is deer resistant and heat tolerant.
The evergreen Vintage Jade® Distylium is new to the plant scene and it is already a huge hit! This hardy, yet graceful evergreen shrub will transform your landscape with its lush texture, outstanding color, and unsurpassed year-round interest. This distylium is a low growing spreader that grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide at maturity.
The Vokel's Upright Hinoki Cypress are great evergreen shrubs for any landscape. Disease resistant, beautiful, and low maintenance, you'll love this miniature tree. Perfect for small spaces, Asian, Zen, and rock gardens, and containers! This dwarf pyramidal evergreen doesn't require pruning to maintain its natural shape.
Its year-round, bright green foliage and compact size and shape make the Wintergreen Boxwood a great option for adding some pizazz to any size yard. This evergreen shrubs are stunners in containers too. We like the Wintergreen because it is able to stand up to extremes better than the more common boxwood varieties that tend to turn yellow and brown throughout winter.