Growing an evergreen hedge

Duck on an evergreen hedge

Choosing evergreen shrubs to grow as a hedge is often a great solution to cut off inquisitive onlookers or simply to mark the limits of a garden with regarding to immediate neighbors.

They have the advantage of keeping their leaves all year round, and bring greenery to the garden in winter.

A hedge of evergreen shrubs will thus have the advantage of staying green all year round, and will not loose its leaves, which will spare you all that working picking leaves up…

But you can also try mixed hedging, which is a hedge grown from evergreen and deciduous shrubs, which will have the advantage of being more diverse and offer a greater range of flowers and leaves.

Finally, remember that hedges, both evergreen and deciduous, protect nature and hinder the spread of diseases and parasites.

Which shrubs are best for an evergreen hedge?

Our selection of the 24 most beautiful evergreen shrubs to form a hedge

Cherry laurel
cherry laurel evergreen hedge
Photinia
Photinia, an evergreen hedge shrub with red leaves
Spotted laurel
Evergreen spotted laurel as a hedge shrub
Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster, an evergreen hedge shrub that is easy to care for
Spindle
Spindle, with evergreen variegated leaves
Oleander
Oleander, a hedge shrub with evergreen leaves
Bay laurel
bay laurel leaves and fruit, an evergreen
Berberis
Berberis evergreen hedge shrub blooming
Bamboo
Bamboo leaves covering a fence like an evergreen hedge
Wild Privet
wild privet green winter leaves with fruits
Strawberry tree
strawberry tree leaves reaching for the sky
Silverberry
Eleagnus leaf showing a silver-colored evergreen underside
Pittosporum
Pittosporum clump of green leaves
Laurestine
Laurestine leaves stay green in winter, ideal for privacy hedges
Fire thorn
Fire thorn, pyracantha with fruit on an evergreen hedge
Mexican Orange
Mexican Orange, triple evergreen leaves with white flowers
Rhododendron
rhododendron flowers with evergreen leafage
Escallonia
Escallonia green leaves with frost around them
Bottlebrush
Bottlebrush flowers with evergreen leafage
Yew
Yew green leaves with fresh growth
Soap bush
Soap bush flowers with evergreen leaves
Mahonia
Mahonia evergreen leaves with fresh blooms
Honeysuckle
Evergreen and great for hedges, honeysuckle
Holly
Holly evergreen leaves, prickly hedge

Another noteworthy evergreen shrub is St. John’s wort.

Read more on creating hedges

Also about pruning and trimming

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Duck on evergreen hedge (also on social media) by It’s No Game under © CC BY 2.0
Cherry laurel with white blooms by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Blooming photinia by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Spotted laurel with red berry by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Soon-to-bloom cotoneaster by Elizabeth West under © CC BY 2.0
Variegated leaves on spindle by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Pink oleander blooms by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Bay laurel with black berry by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Blazing berberis blooms by Alan Harrison under © CC BY 2.0
Bamboo leaves by Mark, Vicki, Ellaura and Mason Brown under © CC BY 2.0
Privet shrub with berries by S. Rae under © CC BY 2.0
Evergreen strawberry tree by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Silverberry leaf with white spots by Matt Lavin under © CC BY-SA 2.0
Pittosporum leaves, bright green by Kim & Forest Starr under © CC BY 4.0
Wall of laurestine by Mick Talbot under © CC BY 2.0
Firethorn berries by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Mexican orange blooming in the shade by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Evergreen rhododendron by John Rusk under © CC BY 2.0
Frost on escallonia leaves by Andrew Fogg under © CC BY 2.0
Yellow-blooming mahonia by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Wall of sharp holly leaves by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Fresh yew leaves by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Blue soap bush by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Blooming bottlebrush by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Honeysuckle, an evergreen variety by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work