8 Best Types of Evergreen Shrubs to Grow for Year-Round Color


Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) has a distinct appearance due to its abundance of soft, fan-shaped leaf. This robust evergreen's feathery texture contrasts nicely with broadleaf plants. 

Blue Holly

A dense evergreen shrub with glossy blue-green foliage, blue holly (Ilex x meserveae) has bright red berries in fall and winter.


Use boxwood (Buxus spp.) to make a low hedge that is easy to maintain. Boxwood stands out in any landscape thanks to its tiny leaves and dense branching behavior. 


Camellia (Camellia spp.) is a slow-growing broadleaf evergreen with enormous dark green foliage that blooms in the winter or early spring.

Common Juniper

Common juniper (Juniperus communis) is prized for its flexibility and thrives in a wide range of demanding situations.

Dwarf Blue Spruce

Dwarf blue spruce (Picea pungens 'Globosa') is a slow-growing evergreen shrub with blue-gray needles that make it stand out in any setting. 

Evergreen Euonymus

Evergreen euonymus, also known as box-leaf or Japanese euonymus, is a hardy shrub that can thrive in a variety of environments.

False Cypress

False cypress (Chamaecyparis spp.) is a conifer with soft leaves and high deer resistance. False cypress variations are available as shrubs or trees, with some having chartreuse leaves and others having grass green.