Evergreen Flowering Bush Guide

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Evergreen Flowering Bush Guide
Gardenias are evergreen bushes with fragrant, white flowers. (bud of gardenia image by Igor Zhorov from Fotolia.com)

Flowering evergreen bushes can stand alone as specimen plants, grow as foundation plants or decorate a garden's fence line. Landscape your property with a variety of evergreen bushes to enjoy flowers from spring to winter. Each bush has a specific light, soil and temperature requirements. Select species that grow best in your hardiness zone.

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Gardenias are flowering evergreen bushes that are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10. Fragrant white flowers appear during the summer on plants that can grow up to 8 feet tall with up to 8-foot-wide spreads. Known for its dark-green, waxy leaves, gardenias prefer soils with pH levels that are slightly acidic and which fall between 5.0 and 6.0. Plant gardenia bushes in areas with full sun to partial shade.


Azaleas are flowering bushes with both evergreen and deciduous cultivars. Springtime flowers are available in a variety of colours including red, purple, coral and white. Azalea bushes prefer filtered sunlight to partial shade and are hardy in zones 5 through 11. Azalea bushes have shallow roots and grow best in soil with a pH between 4.5 and 6.0. Plant azalea bushes in areas with moist, well-drained soil.


Camellia is an evergreen bush that produces fragrant flowers during the late fall and into the winter, depending on the cultivar. Hardy in zones 6b to 8, camellia bushes bloom with colours ranging from white to dark red. Camellias prefer partial shade overall, but cultivars with red blooms can withstand sun better than pink or white flowering cultivars. Plant camellias in the late fall to the early spring in soils with pH levels between 5.5 and 6.5. Most types of camellia bushes will spread between 6 and 8 feet in diameter.

Oregon Grapeholly

Oregon grapeholly is an evergreen bush with holly-like leaves that grows well in sun or partial shade. Hardy in zones 5b through 8, Oregon grapeholly can grow to heights of up to 6 feet with up to 4 feet wide spreads. Also called Oregon holly or Oregon hollygrape, this plant grows upright and produces oval-shaped black fruit and pleasantly fragrant yellow flowers.

Evergreen Rhododendron

Evergreen rhododendron bushes can reach heights and spreads of 15 feet in upright, rounded or oval shapes. With cultivars hardy in zones 4 to 7, evergreen rhododendrons prefer partial shade, preferably during the afternoon, and sandy, loam or clay loam soil. Flowers can appear during the late spring and into the middle of summer, depending on the location and on the species. Blossom colours include shades of pink, white, lavender and purple.

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