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Thrilling Evergreens for the Southeast – FineGardening


Evergreens are essential to reaching assorted texture and type, in addition to the important thing to any profitable four-season backyard. Sadly, many gardeners would put loads of evergreens within the “obligatory however boring” class. They’re a backdrop, the much-needed greenery throughout colder months, however by no means the backyard star that steals the present.

The vegetation under would possibly simply change your thoughts concerning the humble evergreen. These foliage all-stars may be referred to as something however boring. From stunning blooms to colourful foliage and pops of vibrant berries, all of those evergreens have that little one thing additional.


1. Ruby Snow™ Loropetalum

Ruby Snow Loropetalum
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Loropetalum chinense ‘sPg-3-002’

Zones: 7–9

Dimension: 6 ft tall and large

Situations: Full solar to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Purple-leaved loropetalums are extensively used to flee from a monotony of inexperienced evergreen shrubs, and so they have the added attraction of a burst of fringed pink flowers in spring. They’re additionally robust as nails. Ruby Snow™ elevates loropetalums to specimen high quality with a flurry of white flowers set towards a backdrop of deep purple leaves. This wealthy, eye-catching mixture makes loropetalums value revisiting in case you have shied away from them previously.


2. Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba

Sawtoothed Japanese Aucuba
Picture: Darcy Daniels

Aucuba japonica ‘Serratifolia’

Zones: 6–10

Dimension: 6 ft tall and large

Situations: A fan of full shade; moist, well-drained soil

Shiny, coarsely toothed, darkish inexperienced leaves make sawtoothed Japanese aucuba a standout textural distinction when massed in a shaded backyard or as an accent in a container planting. Its leaves are extra elongated in comparison with the straight species and most cultivated varieties. Sluggish development and drought tolerance (as soon as established) make it dependable and straightforward to handle. Aucuba are dioecious. If planted in proximity to a male plant, this feminine selection will produce showy vibrant pink berries in fall, including to its attraction.


3. Tassel Fern

Tassel Fern
Picture: Kerry Ann Moore

Polystichum polyblepharum

Zones: 5–8

Dimension: 2 ft tall and large

Situations: A fan of full shade; moist, well-drained soil

This clumping fern grows in a sublime vase form, with shiny, darkish inexperienced fronds setting it other than many different ferns—not simply from evergreens. Dappled gentle on its finely textured mature fronds makes them shimmer and sparkle in a shade backyard, a dramatic impact when it’s planted en masse. I discover tassel fern notably mesmerizing in spring when new, tassel-shaped fronds emerge displaying coarsely coated hairs alongside the rachis, offering a totally completely different textural show.


4. Purple-Veined Dock

Red-Veined Dock
Picture: Jerry Pavia

Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus

Zones: 5–8

Dimension: 18 inches tall and large

Situations: Full solar; moist, well-drained soil

Purple-veined dock has boldly textured ornamental foliage, making it a wonderful accent plant. Younger leaves are edible, so they’re typically grown in vegetable gardens. I take pleasure in including edibles to decorative beds—a gorgeous plant is a gorgeous plant. Purple-veined dock’s rectangular leaves common round 6 inches lengthy, and they’re inexperienced with placing deep burgundy veins and midrib. Dock will keep its foliage in areas with a gentle winter and with satisfactory watering in summer season. I’ve discovered it to flourish in partial solar, although it’s endorsed for full solar.

Mae Lin Plummer is the top horticulturist on the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina.