Bay Laurel is a moderately slow growing dense evergreen shrub or small tree that reaches 10'-25' tall and almost as wide with very aromatic elliptical 3 to 5 inch long leathery dark green leaves. Grows in sun or shade but seems to do best in cool coastal sun or light shade inland, with little or regular irrigation but not water-logging – tolerates heavy soils so long as they drain well.
Bottlebrush plants (Callistemon spp.) get their name from the spikes of flowers that bloom at the ends of the stems, bearing a strong resemblance to a bottle brush. Grow them as shrubs or small trees that grow up to 15 feet. Most bottlebrush varieties bloom over a long summer season in shades of red or crimson.
Bamboo is among the primary signature plants of Asian inspired gardens. It is also equally at home in tropical island design themes. In the landscape it can be used as a clump of vertical poles for a columnar element or planted in mass for a fast growing barrier, screen or privacy hedge between properties. Pruned properly these plants provide a dense visual screen.
Cherry-Laurel is a dependable, easily grown, North American native, is densely foliated with glossy, dark green, evergreen leaves. The tree can reach 40 feet in height with a 25-foot spread. With age the bark becomes almost black. It grows in most conditions but does not like high temperatures or hot, dry locations.
Crape Myrtle Trees come in a variety of colors and sizes. Plant near power lines or row your driveway with these flowering crape myrtles that can bloom for up to 120 days throughout the spring and summer. Not only are these crape myrtle trees a colorful addition to your lawn, but they are easy to grow!
Italian Cypress trees give height to foundation plantings without taking up a lot of room. They grow almost anywhere, require little water and can adapt to any soil type you may have. These fast growers can shoot up to 2-3 ft. a year while giving you dense foliage, soft texture and symmetrical shape.
This holly is actually a hybrid between Ilex cornuta and Ilex aquifolium. It has a broad, pyramidal growth habit with lustrous, dark green leaves. One of the faster growing hollies, as well as one of the heaviest fruiters. Makes an excellent, screen, border, or can even be used in taller hedge situations too.
Japanese blueberry tree is a low maintenance, small to medium sized tree that typically matures at between 20 and 35 feet in height with a similar canopy width, but it may become taller with age. It grows well in full sun or partial shade, and prefers well-drained soil and regular water until established.
Japanese Yews are lively evergreens with thick foliage that grows together to create a solid wall to provide your yard and home with privacy. Japanese Yews are popular choices for trees, or hedges because they are incredibly low maintenance. They also have a high level of drought resistance and are shade tolerant.
Ligustrum japonicum is a thick, evergreen shrub that grows up to 20 ft in height. The trunks usually occur as multiple stems with many long, leafy branches. The glossy evergreen leaves are abundantly produced on the upright, spreading branches. The small, white, malodorous flowers appear in terminal panicles during spring in the south and in the summer in northern climes.
This dense evergreen shrub of an upright habit is capable of growing as a shrub or small tree. Its dark green, leathery leaves are opposite those of a simple evergreen. The extremely tolerant privet isn't picky about soil, and can grow in dry, medium or average soil types. Wax-leaf privet thrives in full sun or partial shade and is drought resistant.
Oleander is a fast-growing evergreen shrub with fragrant, colorful flowers that bloom all summer and fall. This durable shrub is useful for screens, hedges, accents, beach plantings and urban landscapes. Planted correctly, oleander plants can thrive in locations other plants cannot. Oleanders prefer a location that receives full sun.
Viburnum is a very large evergreen shrub or small tree, at maturity may reach 20 ft in height and 15 ft wide. Viburnum is one of the most gratifying shrubs to use as a hedge, because of its fast rate of growth and the beautiful springtime fragrance. An excellent shrub for blocking out unwanted views or creating privacy in the garden. Its dense foliage is ideal for hedging and screening.
According to legend, cenizo tends to bloom in conjunction with rainfall. Texas Sage is easy to grow so long as it has good drainage. Though this species is the most irrigation-tolerant of the genus, it is susceptible to cotton root rot if soil does not have good drainage and remains moist. Texas Sage should not be fertilized or over-watered. Drought- and heat-tolerant. During very cold winters, may lose a few leaves.
Xylosma is a very attractive shrub with bright green shiny leaves that will grow in part to full sun. Frequently planted as a hedge or screen, this hardy evergreen thrives in desert heat and will grow in light open shade to full sun. Xylosma makes a beautiful small tree up to around twenty feet if allowed. It takes a few years for the trunk to develop strength to support a full head of growth.