Evergreens have always been popular shrubs, and it’s easy to understand why. They offer low maintenance, year-round color, even if you live in the snowy north. Their dense branches offer food and shelter to birds and wildlife, and they provide structure and interest to any landscape. While some become quite large, there are many dwarf evergreens that can be planted to camouflage your home’s sometimes not-so-pretty concrete or block foundation. Bonus: Most evergreens are long-lived plants that require almost no care once established.
Before buying, make sure you choose a shrub that can handle winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). Also, read the plant tag or description so you’ll know its maximum height and width. If planting as a foundation shrub, place it at least one mature plant’s width away from your house to avoid overcrowding. And double check its mature size: You don’t want to plant a shrub that’s going to get humongous up against your house, covering windows or becoming a maintenance nightmare.
Ahead, our picks for the best evergreen shrubs to dress up the front of your house: