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Evergreens are some of the lowest maintenance plants for your landscape.  In addition, they provide year-round color and structure.  There are two types of evergreen shrubs for our area, broadleaf types (think ‘leafy’ such as boxwood and holly) and needled types (think pine and juniper).    Since both hold onto their foliage in winter—a drying, windy time in Colorado-- be sure to give them winter water for best results.  Also, make sure you site your shrub in the location it prefers.   Some prefer morning sun in protected locations while other can take exposed, sunny spots.

Broadleaf Evergreen Shrubs

Needled Evergreen Shrubs


TIP:  Some evergreen shrubs respond well to an anti-transpirant spray (such as Wilt Pruf), to help protect agains winter dessication.

Please Note:  Availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales.  


Broadleaf Evergreen Shrubs


Boxwood (Buxus)



Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Green Mountain Boxwood

Height:  5’

Spread: 3’

Exposure:  Shade or morning sun

Other Notes:   Upright form.  Glossy dark green leaves.  May be pruned to maintain shape and/or used as a hedge.  Protect from windy locations.  Zone 5.


Winter Gem Boxwood

Height:  2'-3’

Spread:  2'-3’

Exposure:  Shade or morning sun

Other Notes:  Rounded shape and deep green leaves.    May be used as a low hedge.  Protect from windy locations.


Broom, Scotch Types (Cytisus)


Burkwood Broom

Height:  4’-6’

Spread:  4’-6’

Exposure:  Sun to Part Sun

Other Notes:  Leafless shrub with slender green branches and a low rounded shape.  Pea-like showy red flowers cover the shrub in late Spring.  Zone 5



 Post Bloom

Moonlight Broom

Height:  3’-4’

Spread:  4’-5’

Exposure:  Sun to Part Sun

Other Notes:  Leafless shrub with slender green branches and a rounded shape.  Pea-like showy light creamy yellow flowers cover the shrub in late Spring.  Zone 5






 Although adaptable to full sun, all appreciate protection from winter sun and winds.   



Emerald Gaiety

Height: 4’-5’

Spread:  4’-5’

Exposure:  Prefers light shade location but will also adapt to full shade or full sun.

Other Notes:  Green leaves with white margins.  Slow growing.  Irregular spreading habit is easily shaped with light pruning.  Leaves tinge pink in Fall.


Emerald 'N Gold

Height:  2’

Spread: Up to 5’

Exposure:  Prefers light shade but will also adapt to full shade to full sun.

Other Notes:  Dark green leaves with a bright gold margin.  Slow growing.  Low, spreading branches make a good evergreen groundcover.  Easily shaped with light pruning.  Leaves tinge pink in Fall.



Height:  3’-5’

Spread:  3’-5’

Exposure:   Shade or morning sun is best

Other Notes:  Glossy, dark green leaves.  Ideal for an informal hedge or specimen plant.  Protect from winter wind.



Height: 3’-5’

Spread: 3’-5’

Exposure: Prefers light shade but will also adapt to full shade to full sun.

Other Notes:  Glossy green leaves.  Can be used as a small hedge.  Protect from winter wind.


Grape Holly (Mahonia)

Photo Courtesy Fisher Farms

Oregon Grape Holly (aquifolium)

Height:    5’-6’

Spread:  5’-6’

Exposure: Shade to morning sun

Other Notes:  Medium green holly-like leaves turn bronze red in the Fall.  Yellow flowers in spring are followed by blue berries in mid-summer.

Oregon Grape Holly, Compact

Height:  3’

Spread: 3’

Exposure:  Shade to morning sun

Other Notes:  A dwarf version of standard Oregon Grape Holly.  All the same wonderful qualities in a smaller package.


Creeping Mahonia Bloom
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc
As a groundcover along a path

Creeping Mahonia (repens)

Height:  12”-18”

Spread: up to 4’

Exposure:  Shade, morning sun, or full sun.

Other Notes:  Low spreading type of grape holly.  Makes a wonderful groundcover with pretty fall colors of purple-red tones.  Yellow flowers in spring followed by blue berries in mid-summer.


Winter color



Holly (Ilex)




Prince  Boy/Princess Girl

Height:  4’-6’

Spread: 4’-6’

Exposure:  Shade to LIGHT morning sun

Other Notes:  Deep green leaves.  Extremely slow growing.  Very pretty holly berries are produced only on female shrubs and require pollination from a male.   We sell a male/female mix within the same pot---so you can plant one shrub and still get berries.  Prefers a moist location.


Winter Berries





Pyracantha / Fireweed





Height:  4’-6’

Spread:  3’-4’

Exposure:  Shade, morning sun, full sun

Other Notes:  White spring flowers are followed by showy clusters of bright orange berries that hold through winter.  Plant in a place where it won’t receive drying winter winds.  A good candidate for espalier against a wall or fence.


Fall Berries





Needled Evergreen Shrubs


Arborvitae (Thuja)


Woodward Globe


Height: 3’-5’

Spread:  3’-5’

Exposure:  Does best in shady or morning sun locations.

Other Notes:   Deep green in summer.  Takes on a bronze color in winter.  Rounded form.  Plant in a place where it will not receive a lot of wind exposure as this causes browning.  Prefers a moist spot.




Juniper, Spreading Types

Junipers are a versatile group of evergreens.  Some stay very low to provide a wide groundcover while others are tall and can be used as evergreen screens.   Some have a silvery blue cast while others are deep green.  They all do well here and are quite drought tolerant once established.   However, Colorado has very drying winter winds that can be tough on evergreens.   Although they do well in a windy, exposed spot—it is essential to give them winter water for best performance. 


Low Creeping Type Junipers

Blue, green, and golden foliage types.  Note: Some WILL change color in winter.


Blue Chip

Height:  8"-12” 

Spread: 4’-6’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Very low growing with a moderate spread.  Silvery blue foliage has an arching habit.  Turns a plum color in the winter.


Blue Rug

Height:  4"-6"

Spread:  3'-5'

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  One of the best prostrate junipers that forms a dense mat of silvery blue foliage.   Useful as a groundcover.  Pretty when allowed to drape over larger retaining walls.

Blue Tam

Height:  2'

Spread: 8'

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes: Low spreading and mounding form with dense blue-grey foliage.  Blue berries.



Height:  12”-18”

Spread: 6’-8’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Low growing with a large spread.  Bright foliage gives a blast of green especially in the height of winter.  Juniper berries are blue.

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Height: 12”-18”

Spread: 6’-8’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Low growing variety with a large spread.  Steel-blue foliage during warm months.  Takes on a purple tinge in winter.

Photo Courtesy Iseli Nursery


Height:  12”-18”

Spread: 3’-6’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  This creeping type offers bright yellow foliage during the summer.  Tinges to a burgundy-plum color in winter.


Taller Hedge Type Spreading Junipers



Sea Green

Height:  6’-8’

Spread: 6’-8’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:   Lush green foliage with a dense, vase-shaped habit


Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc




Pine (Pinus)


Mugo Pine Varieties


Photo Courtesy Iseli Nursery

White Bud Mugo Pine

Height: 2’

Spread:  4’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Dark green needles with a short, broad form.  Derives its name from the fact that, in winter, each terminal bud is covered in white resin.  Against the green needles, this trait gives it a ‘frosted’ effect.  Plant in well drained soil.



Spruce (Picea)




Globe Blue Spruce

Height:  3’-5’

Spread: 4’-5’

Exposure:  Sun to Part Sun

Other Notes:  Beautiful round shrub form of blue spruce.  Requires winter water and likes consistent moisture during the growing season.





Yew (Taxus)


Spreading Yew / Densiformis

Height:  4’-6’

Spread:  4’-6’

Exposure:  Shade or morning sun.

Other Notes:  Dense rounded form.  Provide consistent moisture and site in a location that is protected from drying winter winds.  Caution:  Yew seeds within the bright red berries and foliage are poisonous.  Keep away from children.



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