Small growing evergreen plants are a must for all gardens, no matter what size. Many are perfect subjects to grow in large containers and so are especially suited to those who have a balcony as a garden.
There are many evergreen shrubs to choose from, but I've highlighted some of my favourites here.
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Cistus is also known as Sun or Rock Roses.
They thrive in full sun, which is where they get their common names.
There are many varieties with colours varying from white through to soft pink and purple.
White flowers of _Cistus corbariensis_
Cistus are small growing evergreen shrubs that need good drainage to thrive. They also relish when planted in poor soil.
They grow quickly and tidily but can develop woody stems as they mature.
When Rock Rose begins to mature and becomes woody, you can root a shoot tip and start the plant off again.
Leaves are often hairy and packed with scented oils. Both the hairs and oils help to prevent water loss, allowing the plant to withstand summer droughts.
Where to buy Cistus:
_Daphne odora_ 'Aureovariegata'
Most Daphnes have sweet-scented flowers that bloom in winter or early spring.
Although they can be challenging to establish and are sometimes short-lived, Daphne are prized and sought after by keen gardeners.
Well-drained soil that retains moisture well in the partial sun would be the perfect place to plant most daphne types.
Some varieties have beautiful variegated foliage.
_Daphne odora_ 'Rebecca'
- The most sought after varieties are difficult to propagate, which means they can be on the more expensive side when compared to other shrubs.
Grab yourself a Daphne plant:
There are lots of evergreen Euonymus, with many varieties growing quite large.
Although, varieties of Euonymus fortunei are not only low growing, but are also very easy to grow.
Frequently planted to provide colourful evergreen ground cover, Euonymus frotunei varieties are happy to grow in various soil types.
Euonymus frotunei will tolerate shade, part shade or full sun.
It's also a great plant to grow in containers, either alone or with other small growing evergreen shrubs.
_Euonymus fortunei_ 'Emerald Gaiety'
Hebes are lovely, small flowering evergreen shrubs. They often have beautiful and colourful foliage too.
All Hebes are evergreen and originate from New Zealand, but many new varieties have been bred in the UK.
The flowering period for this lovely versatile evergreen is long-lasting. The first blooms appear in spring and continue through to autumn.
Due to climate change, it is now possible to grow Hebes in areas that would have been too cold for them 20 years ago.
Hebes are very wind tolerant and grow quick. You can prune them hard if necessary, although you should try to do this in spring.
Flower colours range from shades of white, pink, red, purple and even blue!
Removing spent blooms ('dead-heading') will encourage plants to bloom for longer.
Many of these small Hebe varieties grow well in large containers.
If you want to increase your stock or perhaps give away a cutting to a friend, Hebes are very easy to root from softwood or semi-ripe cuttings.
You could say that out of all the small growing evergreen shrubs mentioned here, Lavender is the most popular.
There are many varieties of this scented, summer-flowering, evergreen shrub.
Most varieties have flowers that are shades of blue or purple, but some can be white or cream, too.
The dense foliage of Lavender is often grey coloured and frequently aromatically scented too.
All Lavender need well-drained soil in a sunny position to grow well.
Prune English or Dutch lavender varieties as soon as the colour fades from the flowers.
To prune Lavender, cut the flower stems along with a bit of the stem below. This keeps the plant compact.
_Lavandula stoechas_ 'Kew Red'
French Lavender has flowers on shorter stems that flower over a more extended period than the more common Lavender.
French Lavender is also less hardy and can be severely damaged or killed by very harsh, cold winters.
French Lavender also tends to resent pruning. A light trim will improve it after most of the flowers have faded.