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Our Top 10 Winter Evergreens

As the frosty mornings draw upon us, the garden can often seem like an uninviting space, with January and February soon revealing stark areas. But even in the depths of winter, the right plants can raise your gardening spirits.

Evergreens are unrivalled at this time of year. While other plants die back or shed their leaves, evergreen plants take centre stage, packing borders with colour, interest and structure that brings life back into the garden.

With gorgeous foliage, varied textures and decorative berries, you can’t go far wrong. Explore our evergreen favourites to restore your winter cheer!

Top 10 Evergreens:

1. Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’

Illuminating icy landscapes with a subtle shimmer, Silver Queen’s grey-green leaves are detailed with an irregular white edge, clipping well into any desired shape. Ideal for use as a screen or hedge, this Pittosporum grows quite large, so give it space to shine!

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’ Evergreen Winter Garden Shrub

2. Cotoneaster franchetii

Nothing says winter colour quite like a berry-bearing shrub. Graceful arching branches of glossy leaves become decorated with orange-red berries throughout autumn and winter.

Cotoneaster franchetii Evergreen Winter Berry Garden Shrub

3. Euonymus ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’

This dwarf evergreen shrub boasts colourful foliage throughout some of the bleakest months. Its distinctive leaves are edged in bright yellow, and tinged with pink in winter.

Euonymus ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ Evergreen Winter Colour Garden Shrub

4. Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’

Flowering throughout winter, this hardy shrub is a welcome source of nectar for pollinating insects when food is scarce. Its clustered, starry-white flowers appear from pink buds and offer a subtle scent to the air. It can be clipped into interesting shapes too, maximising its architectural appeal.

Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ Winter Flowering Evergreen Garden Shrub

5. Hedera helix ‘Green Ripple’

This vigorous evergreen climber is ideal for carpeting the ground and cloaking walls and trellises with lush green leaves. Its foliage displays prominent veins and takes on a purple hue in winter.

Hedera helix ‘Green Ripple’ Winter Evergreen Garden Ivy

6. Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’

‘Silver Queen’ is an award-winning evergreen shrub, bearing dark green leaves with creamy-white margins, often becoming tinged with pink. Offering year-round interest, it blooms with tiny green flowers in summer, sometimes followed by pale pink fruits.

Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’ Winter Evergreen Garden Shrub

7. Viburnum davidii

This award-winning shrub features thick, leathery leaves and fragrant white flowers intermittently from January to May, which are later followed (on female plants) by metallic, blue berries atop bright red stems. It’s great for repeating through borders, where its dome shaped habit will look its strongest.

Viburnum davidii Winter Evergreen Garden Shrub

8. Eucalyptus parvula

Add an air of finesse to the garden with this compact, delicately leaved gum tree. Its foliage is narrow and a glaucous blue. As the tree matures, its bark will start to shed and, in summer, small umbels holding white flowers appear.

Eucalyptus parvula Winter Evergreen Garden Shrub

9. Ilex crenata

Robust and rewarding, this new topiary is free from pest and disease. Commonly known as Japanese holly, its dense form of small glossy foliage can be clipped into any shape that you desire.

Ilex crenata Winter Evergreen Shrub

10. Cotoneaster conspicuus ‘Decorus’

Arching branches of small, glossy green leaves provide valuable structure throughout the year. In summer, this award winner will bloom with an abundance of small white flowers, covering the branches with colour.

Cotoneaster conspicuus ‘Decorus’ Winter Evergreen Garden Shrub


Top Tip: Get the most out of your evergreens and make your own festive decorations! Cuttings from these plants are great for crafting your very own wreath.


Happy gardening!