Plants - Trees and Shrubs

Four-season shrubs

These plants add visual appeal to the garden year-round

This is just a sampling of shrubs with year-round interest. Some of them are too tender for my Zone 5b garden, which makes me envy those lucky Canadian gardeners in warmer climes. I wish I could grow Zone 7 plants such as Cornish heath (Erica vagans, 30 to 65 centimetres tall and 1.2 to 1.5 metres wide); butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus), which forms a 36- to 90-centimetre mound; and Japanese skimmia (Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella'), with a height and spread of 90 to 120 centimetres. But I persevere in looking for (and trying) new treasures, and so should you.

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Note: Most of the shrubs are widely available. Those listed here may be harder to find.

Andromeda polifolia ‘Blue Ice': 1, Calluna vulgaris ‘H.E. Beale': 2, C. v. ‘Silver Knight': 3, Epigaea repens: 4, Erica carnea ‘Pirbright Rose': 5, E. c. ‘Springwood': 6, E. vagans: 7, Genista pilosa ‘Vancouver Gold': 8, Juniperus chinensis ‘Bakaurea' Gold Star: 9, J. c. ‘Monlep' Mint Julep: 10, Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Girard's Rainbow' a.k.a. ‘Rainbow': 11, Mahonia nervosa: 12, M. repens: 13, Paxistima canbyi: 14, Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine': 15, P. j. ‘Dorothy Wyckoff': 16, Rhododendron ‘Ramapo': 17, Rosa moyesii: 18, R. nitida: 19, R. virginiana: 20, Ruscus aculeatus: 21, Vaccinium vitis-idaea spp. minus: 22.

Beaver Creek Greenhouses: 1, 22.

Chiltern Seeds: 18, 21.

Don & Anna's Greenhouses and Garden Centre: keremeos.com/don&annas: 1, 6, 9-11, 13.

Eastern Plant Specialties; easternplant.com: 6, 13, 14, 16, 22.

Fraser's Thimble Farms: 4, 12, 13, 22.

Galetta Nurseries: 1, 10, 20.

Heaths and Heathers: www.heathsandheathers.com: 2, 3, 5-7.

Hortico Inc.: 6, 8, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20.

Humber Nurseries Ltd.: 1, 6, 8-11, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22.

Nettlecreek Nursery: 15.

Pickett's Nurseries Ltd.: 1, 11, 17.

The Plant Farm: 3, 5, 6, 17.

Richbar Nursery Ltd.: 1, 10.

Richmond Nursery Ltd.: 1, 9, 10, 14, 17.

Rideau Woodland Ramble: 11, 13.

El Summit Perennials Nursery: 18.

Vandermeer Nursery Ltd.: 1, 2, 5, 6, 17.

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