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Evergreen Perennials

2 min read | Nov 7, 2016 | Plants 

Evergreen Perennials: Year-Round Interest

Most of us think of perennials as plants that emerge in the spring, provide beautiful color to our gardens during the spring, summer and fall seasons, go dormant in the winter, then come back again in the spring. Well, this is all very true for many perennials but as with any type of plant, there are some perennials that keep their foliage all year long. The best thing about evergreen perennials is that they add texture, shape and form to your winter garden. Foliage colors range in hues of greens, yellows, oranges, deep purples and reds. Add a few colorful annuals to your evergreen perennials, such as pansies and ornamental cabbages, and you will have a very delightful winter garden.

Below are a few evergreen perennials to consider for your garden. It is important to note that there are many varieties of these plants.

Evergreen Perennials for Sunny Areas:

  • Armeria (Thrift)
  • Arabis (Rock Cress)
  • Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pinks)
  • Euphorbia (Spurge)


  • Iberis sermpervivums (Candytuft)
  • Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox)
  • Sedum spurium (Stonecrop)


  • Sempervivums (Hens and Chicks)


  • Stachys (Lambs Ear)

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  • Teucrium (Germander)

Evergreen Perennials for Shady Areas:

  • Bergenia
  • Carex conica marginata (Sedge)

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  • Farfugium (Leopard Plant)
  • Ferns (Autumn Fern, East Indian Shield Fern, Holly Fern, Selaginella and Tassell Fern)


  • Heuchera (Coral Bells)


  • Helleborus (Lenten Rose, Corsican Hellebore and Bearsfoot Hellebore)


  • Saxifraga (Rock Foil)
  • Pulmonaria

Evergreen Perennial Groundcovers:

  • Ajuga (Bugleweed)


  • Hedera (English Ivy)


  • Mazus
  • Liriope (Monkey Grass)
  • Bergenia
  • Pachasandra (Japanese Spurge)

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