Evergreen shrubs keep your yard vibrant all year with lush hues and foliage. Certain varieties can be trimmed into different shapes while others can grow freely to fill in hedges and rocky spaces. Some offer cooling shade, privacy, and coverage from wind and snow as well. Growing evergreen shrubs is a worthy investment in your local environment as they add perennial visual appeal, help purify the air, and curb erosion. These plants are typically as hardy and low-care as they are beautiful. Plant some of these evergreens to enjoy years of delight and protection.


1. Aucuba

Aucuba grows six to 10 feet tall with vibrant green and gold foliage. It can grow in USDA zones 7-10. It grows slowly, but that means less pruning. In deeper shade, the leaf colors are brighter. It loves moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate moderate drought. Use cold water as hot water from a hose can promote disease. Insects rarely bother aucuba, but watch out for scale insects and scrape them off with a fingernail. Spray the shrub with neem oil or insecticidal soap in early spring. Aucuba is toxic if ingested; avoid planting in areas where children play.

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