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Adding borders around your garden is a sure way to add eye catching structure and texture. Edging plants work great for forming borders around a walkway or a garden path, create separation between your garden and your neighbor’s, and sometimes for use as adding texture in containers.
We compiled a list of 11 evergreen plants that are perfect for edging borders so you can create your own beautiful border around your garden.
1. Blue Juniper Star
Silver sage foliage decorates this low growing evergreen shrub. It has a spreading habit of growth and slowly reaches a height between 2 and 3 feet and a width of 3 to 4 feet. Each plant produces berry-like seed cones and the wood is very fragrant.
Its latin name is Juniper squamata and references its scaly brown bark.
It performs best in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8 and needs full sun. Well-draining, sandy soil is its favored type of soil, but it can grow in average soil as well. Deep watering is a necessity as the plant establishes itself. The only pruning it needs is if you want to shape it.
When you purchase this 2-gallon container, you’ll receive a ready-to-plant evergreen.
Much like its name, this evergreen cypress features golden threadlike roots and spreads through rhizomes. Its branches have a drooping look and have scalelike foliage. Its foliage is bright golden green. At maturity, this plant can reach a height of 6 feet and a width of 8 feet.
Its latin name is Chamaecyparis pisifera.
USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8 are best suited for its performance. Goldthread needs full sun or partial shade as well as well-draining, moist soil. If it stays in moist soil, it can become susceptible to root rot.
You can purchase this evergreen in either a #2 or #3 size container.
With hundreds of varieties, each displays unique leaf colors, shapes, and textures. Though the leaves are what draw people to them, the plants bloom bell-shaped flowers during the summer. There are many variegated varieties with all shades of green with accents of white and yellow.
Its latin name is Hostaceae.
Hostas are shade lovers through and through and will show their best colors when grown in partial shade. They will grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. Well-drained, rich in nutrients, moist soil is best for their growth and performance. Once they’re established, they can tolerate short periods of drought.
Receive 10 bare root Hostas when you purchase this item.
4. Lenten Rose
While technically a perennial, the Lenten Rose has evergreen foliage with blossoms that appear during the winter. Bloom colors include white, yellow, pink, purple, and maroon. At maturity, they can reach a height between 18 and 24 inches and a width of 18 inches.
Its latin name is Helleborus orientalis.
These plants prefer partial shade and fertile, well-draining, nutrient-rich soil. Water it enough to keep the soil moist, but not wet. USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9 are best suited for its growth and health.
When you purchase this plant, you’ll receive an 8-inch container, ready to plant.
5. Creeping Juniper
This low growing, ground cover evergreen has beautiful green or greenish-blue feather-like foliage. During the fall and winter months, the needles may have a purple hue. The female plants produce edible purple berries. Though it varies by variety, these plants can spread out to 10 feet and grow to a height up to twelve inches.
Its latin name is juniper horizantalis.
Creeping Juniper will grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, giving it a wide range of viable climates in which it can survive. It needs well-draining soil and full sun to reach its full potential. It’s drought-tolerant and only requires an average of an inch of water per week.
This package comes with 15 live plants.
6. Angelina Stonecrop
This plant serves best as a ground cover plant since it reaches a height of 6 inches and can spread to a width between 2 and 3 feet. Its needlelike foliage is a golden yellowish-green and its tips will turn orange during the fall in northern climates. Small yellow blooms appear during the summer.
Its latin name is Sedum rupestre.
It performs best in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, giving it a diverse range. Partial shade to full sun is a necessity. Plant it in well-draining soil and water it regularly so it can establish itself.
This product comes in a #1 size container, ready to plant.
7. English Ivy
Easy to care for and an excellent climber, English Ivy is a perfect choice for hard to reach areas and adding interesting texture. Its dark green glossy leaves are 3 or 5 lobed and can have white veins running through them. Eventually, this evergreen perennial can grow up to 50 feet in length.
Its latin name is Hedera helix.
Soil that’s rich in nutrients and well-draining is best for growing this ivy. Keeping the soil moist until it has been established is essential for its health. This ivy loves the shade. USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9 are best suited for its success.
When you order this plant, you’ll receive a 6-inch pot.
8. Golden Variegated Sweet Flag
This evergreen plant grows in a grass-like manner with thin blades growing in a mounded manner. The blades are brilliantly green and white and can turn golden green. Over time, it spreads through its rhizomes and reaches a width of 6 to 12 inches. Its height can reach 10 inches.
Its latin name is Acorus gramineus.
This plant performs best in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 10. It requires nutrient-rich, moist, well-draining soil and partial shade. Unlike some other evergreens, this plant can tolerate and even thrive in wet soil conditions. Its foliage is even fragrant and has notes of citrus.
8 single, bare-root plants come in this shipment.
9. Agapanthus “Ever Sapphire”
This plant is a semi-evergreen dwarf African Lily. Large clusters of purple bell-shaped flowers grow from long rigid stems and will last throughout the summer. Lucious green grass-like leaves grow underneath the flowers. This plant can reach both a height and width between 1 and 2 feet.
Its latin name is Agapanthus hybrid.
This evergreen performs best in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 11. Well draining, fertile, moist soil is essential for optimal growth. It does well in partial to full sun and needs a moderate amount of watering. If it is in the harsh sun, it will need afternoon shade.
The Ever Sapphire will be sure to brighten up any garden.
10. Korean Boxwood
This evergreen shrub features small, shiny green leaves that grow in a mounded habit. In the winter, the leaves take on a golden hue. Though it’s a slow grower, it can reach a height up to 3 feet and a width of 5 feet. Small but fragrant flowers bloom during the summer months which help attract pollinators.
Its latin name is Buxus microphylla.
It performs best in moist, well-draining soil and grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. Partial to full sun provides it with the necessary amount of sunlight. Protection from harsh winds and climates will prolong its life and health. This shrub can be pruned to create the shape you want.
You’ll receive a 1-gallon container with this order.
11. Japanese Sedge
Known for its use as an ornamental grass, this plant has beautiful, slender evergreen leaves. It has green and white or yellow stripes on each blade. Depending on the variety, it can reach a height of 2 feet and can spread to a width of 1 foot.
Its latin name is Carex morrowii.
This evergreen grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. It performs best in moist, nutrient-rich, well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. Once it has been established, it can withstand short periods of drought.
When you order this plant, you’ll receive 1 live plant.