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evergreen

Yew

Taxus cuspidata There is a yew for you--no matter what size or shape you need, sun or shade--when you want a low maintenance hardy evergreen shrub. Yew species and varieties have vastly different growth characteristics, so be sure to check a yew’s tag carefully. They vary from 50’ tall to dwarf,...

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster salicifolius repens Have a slope or hard-to-mow area? Willowleaf cotoneaster is an easy groundcovering shrub, pest resistant, and fast growing. In full sun it rewards the grower with bright red berries in the fall and into the winter. With increasing shade, there are fewer berries. In...

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

Ginny Williams
Cotoneaster salicifolius repens Have a slope or hard to mow area? Willowleaf cotoneaster is an easy groundcovering shrub, pest resistant, and fast growing. Grown in full sun, it will reward the grower with bright red berries in the fall and into the winter. With increasing shade there are fewer...

Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas fern stays glossy and evergreen in winter when most ferns have shriveled and gone dormant. In spring, new fronds grow stiffly upright. Hard frosts and snows push them down, but even then they remain effective in the landscape. With their creeping rhizomes, and...

Wood Spurge

Wood Spurge
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae Wood spurge makes a low maintenance evergreen perennial groundcover for a wide range of conditions. Dark green, glossy leathery leaves grow in tight rosettes on the stems. In early spring, lime green bracts appear on stalks 12 inches above the foliage and almost...

Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypresss

Photo by Virginia Williams ( Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘ Nana Gracilis’) The graceful undulations of this evergreen remind one of waving fans or a gently rolling sea. While its big brother, the full size Hinoki, may grow to 70’ tall, this dwarf variety attains a height of 6-8’, a very manageable size...
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