Evergreen Shrubs

Reconsider stiff, short-needled evergreens in favor of these hardy ornamentals:

-Andromeda (Pieris japonica) Tiers of narrow, glossy green leaves with shoots that bear clusters of drooping white flowers. Can grow up to 12 feet tall. Partial shade; hardy to 0° F.

-'Blue Girl' holly (Ilex meserveae) Glossy blue-green foliage and red berries in fall; grows 7 to 10 feet tall. Responds well to heavy pruning or shearing into cones perfect to flank a formal entry. to full shade; hardy to -10° F.

-Inkberry (Ilex glabra) Deer-resistant shrub with fine, glossy, dark green foliage like boxwood, and black berries in fall. Grows from 6 to 10 feet tall; 'Compacta' variety to 4 feet tall. Sun to partial shade; hardy to -10° F.

-Korean boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Koreana') Faster-growing than English box; great to quickly create formal accents or edging. Compact and low-growing, reaching 2 feet tall. Full sun to partial shade; hardy to -0° F.

-Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) Leathery, dark green oval leaves and large clusters of bowl-shaped pink, white, or red flowers in late spring. A slow grower that can reach 10 feet tall. Partial shade, moist soil; hardy to -10° F.

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