Unsung heroes of the garden, these evergreens are the sturdy yeomen upon which many a garden scene is built. Their contributions are often quite subtle, providing much-needed but easy-to-overlook year-round structure and an all-important frame for other, often more engaging, plant partners that come to the fore during the growing season, with a flurry of color and blooms.
It’s not uncommon for plants of this type to be dismissed as ho-hum or pedestrian, but they’re not all “Steady as she goes!” No, these plants are so much more: for example, many have additional merits, such as showy foliage, decorative berries, or blooms that are a magnet for hummingbirds. And when paired with perfect partners, these seemingly everyday plants shine with unexpected virtue, proving once again that a planting vignette’s success rests on the combined effect of the selected individuals, making them stronger together than each alone.
To add a bit of verve to your garden beds, explore the eGardenGo site, where you'll find creative planting combination ideas that incorporate these fabulous foliage shrubs. Shown below is a small, representative sample from the myriad of possibilities. To discover even more options, search our database for "evergreen" + "shrub" + "structure", narrowing the choices even further by inputting your USDA growing zone and any appropriate tags to describe the cultural conditions of your site. Then click through on any resulting plant and get ideas of what to plant with it.