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I have a small triangular piece of ground at the side of my lawn and would like to fill it with dwarf evergreen shrubs, preferably for  all year round interest. Would appreciate suggestions as to what varieties would be appropriate given that the site is quite exposed to the elements. Thanks


Euonymus emerald and gold and Euonymus and gold  emerald gaiety are both about 60cm high by 1m wide. Both are variegated and evergreen. Emerald and gold has yellow and green folliage and Emerald gaiety has green and white folliage. Both excellent shrub and very easy to grow in any aspect 


Hebes are also evergreen and fairly dwarf depending on variety. How big is your area?

Steve the Gardening Vet

I had a lovely dwarf escallonia that held its leaves splendidly last winter. Well, I did until a cat slept on in a few weeks ago and now it is somewhat flatter... It gets until spring to recover and if it doesn't then it is off to the compost bin!

One of the low growing junipers - 'blue star' is quite a tidy one. Whipcord hebes such as 'James Stirling' are much tougher than the bigger leafed ones. Possibly convolvulus cneorum if it's sunny and if you tuck it in behind, say, the juniper or the euonymus to give it some protection from the wind - lovely plants but a bit more tricky than the other suggestions. If it is sunny, then purple sage - salvia officinalis 'purpurascens' will tolerate windy conditions quite well. A compact marjoram - they are very tough and the bees love them.  


Thanks everyone, you've been very helpful, I can now start looking around the local garden centers.

Doghouse Riley

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On exposed sites, I think small Hebes are perfect shrubs. Hebe Tiptop is just the right size and easy to manage. Maximum height of 50-80cm. Beautiful delicate looking variagated leaves that will have vivid purple/fucshia pink flowers throughout summer. It's the perfect all-rounder evergreen shrub that stays compact, but also looks great year round.


How small is small George? 

I'd agree with r'girl that James Stirling is a good candidate. It's slightly unusual and not often seen in gardens, but it's a great plant and needs very little attention. 

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