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The 8 prettiest evergreen plants to give your garden year round style

Make your garden beautiful no matter the month with the loveliest evergreen plants - these are our top choices

Prettiest evergreen plants – lavender
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When designing a garden it can be easy to get carried away with planting seasonal blooms for the summer months, forgetting that evergreen plants can provide pretty color year round. While your raised beds will of course be blooming with lovely dahlias, foxgloves and peonies during the warmest months, you don’t want to be caught out once cooler days creep in.

When looking for garden ideas for borders, it can be easy to get carried away with planting for the summer months. While your raised beds will of course be blooming with lovely dahlias, foxgloves and peonies during the warmest months, you don’t want to be caught out once cooler days creep in.

Make your outdoor space year-round have impact every season by ensuring you have the prettiest evergreens planted. ‘Every planting scheme should have some beautiful evergreens to create interest all year round and act as the backbone to the garden design,’ advises Chris Bonnett, founder of Gardening Express.

‘There are lots to choose from and it’s always important to check your soil type so you get the right for the conditions in your garden,’ notes Chris. ‘Generally, these evergreen shrubs are pretty hardy and can withstand most growing conditions. So when you make your choices, think about your overall garden design or theme, consider your soil type and most importantly pick a plant you love and you know you’ll enjoy whatever the season.’

These are the top choices for lovely evergreens to add both style and some structure to your garden, and for more ideas, look at these great winter blooms to plant.

1. Camellia

Prettiest evergreen plants Camellia

Th gorgeous Camellia flower, so associated with luxury brand Chanel, only bloom during the spring months. However, the plant is a beautiful touch year round, as the leaves stay green throughout.

Place in large containers on your patio, or use in borders as part of a mixed planting scheme.

2. Aucuba

Prettiest evergreen plants Aucuba

For a shrub that looks slightly tropical the lovely Acuba can actually cope well with most growing conditions. 

The large, eye-catching speckled leaves will stay pretty and green all winter.

3. Fatsia Japonica

Prettiest evergreen plants Fatsia Japonica

For a plant that will grow in most conditions, check out the Fatsia Japonica.

The hardy shrub will bloom unique white flowers in late fall, but the large, glossy leaves are the real star here. 

4. Yew

Prettiest evergreen plants Yew

The Yew is very easy to grow, and a lovely alternative to a traditional topiary plant, such as buxus. 

The deep green foliage-laden plant will grow almost anywhere as long as the soil drains well. As a bonus, the Yew will produce bright red fruit in fall.

5. Magnolia Grandiflora

Prettiest evergreen plants Magnolia Grandiflora

The Magnolia Grandiflora is a beautiful evergreen with glossy leave and large flowers, which bloom between late summer and fall.

Once the flowers have dropped, the dark green leaves and their rusty colouration underneath become the star of the show.

6. Box

Prettiest evergreen plants Box

Box, with its pretty tiny green leaves, is a highly popular plant for hedges, as it's easy to trim, and can even be used as topiary. 

When placing, note that Box likes well drained soil and shady spots.

7. Lavender

Prettiest evergreen plants Lavender

The perennially popular Lavender is a great choice for all year-round interest for both humans and bees alike with its with its scented foliage and flowers.

Use in a border, edging or place in various pots on the patio. There are numerous varieties available so make sure to choose the best fit for your space. 

8. Holly

Prettiest evergreen plants Holly

Holly isn’t just for Christmas, although the famous red berries do look extra special with a touch of frost.

The deep green, sharp pointed leaves add of interest to your garden all year round, and you'll always have foliage for a holiday centrepiece to hand.

Find all these evergreens and more at Gardening Express