Fast growing evergreen shrubs

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Fast growing evergreen shrubs
Evergreen bushes add year around interest to the garden. (Blooming Bougainvillea image by Tinu from Fotolia.com)

Evergreen shrubs provide year-round colour and interest to your garden. Shrubs help balance a landscape, providing an anchor for deciduous perennials or a backdrop for annuals. They can be used as a privacy hedge, planted in groups or as an accent plant. Whatever your need, there is a fast-growing evergreen shrub perfect for your garden.

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Dark Star California Lilac

Growing to 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide, this fast-growing shrub is evergreen in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 10. Clusters of dark blue flowers cover the dark green leaves in the late spring, filling your garden with their honey-scented fragrance. This shrub prefers well-drained, moist soil and regular watering. Feed with a multipurpose fertiliser in the spring before the new growth begins.

Blue Maid Holly

This shrub grows in zones 5 to 9. The dark-green holly leaves are evergreen and dense, growing on purplish-green stems. Bright red berries mature in the fall and remain on the plant through the winter attracting birds to your garden. Blue maid holly grows to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide in full sun.

Azalea

This fast-growing shrub can grow to 6 feet tall and wide in optimal conditions. Hardy from zone 5 to 9, the foliage of the azalea is dark green and evergreen. Azalea prefers slightly acidic, moist, but not wet, soil in partial shade. Azalea flowers bloom in the spring and summer depending on the cultivar. The flowers are large and bloom in shades of red, white, yellow, orange and everything in between. Azaleas have a shallow root system and benefit from a thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture levels in the soil and soil temperature.

Lantana

This low-growing shrub grows to 16 inches tall and spreads to 3 feet. Lantana grows from zone 7 to 11. Beautiful clusters of small yellow, pink, red, orange or purple flowers cover the plant in the early summer and well into the fall. The foliage is dark green and resistant to deer. The flowers of the lantana will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Grow this fast-growing shrub in full sun and well-drained soil. Prune in the fall after the flowers have faded.

Azure Bush Germander

Quickly growing to 6 feet tall and wide, azure bush germander has fragrant blue flowers that bloom from the spring into the fall and attract butterflies to the garden. The leaves of the germander are grey-green with a silvery underside that makes it a beautiful addition to the garden. This evergreen shrub is deer-resistant and prefers full sun and well-drained soil in zones 7 to 10. The azure bush germander tolerates poor soil and once established is drought-resistant. Prune in early spring before new growth appears.

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