Posted: 27/02/2016 at 15:30
For shade how about skimmias! wide range of them now including green flowers. Male and female for lots of berries (and bees). Hydrangeas too....white ones in shade and clay soil are superb. And red varieties too there. Sarcoccoca for wonderful scent right now. The winter honeysuckle...Winter Beauty ....is,flowering and scenting right now. The witch hazels are amazing in flower. Daphnes like Odora aureomarginata have huge scent and nice evergreen foliage. Emerald n Gold is a delightful variegated evergreen. Mahonias for structure and winter flowers....Soft Caress is a new small variety. Dont forget ferns too in the shade
in sun, choisyas ....Sundance is an evergreen yellow but there are several varieties all with orange/vanilla scented flowers in spring and early summer on aromatic foliage. Hydrangeas again but this time Paniculata...check them out. Pittosporums come in different foliage colours. Senecio Sunshine, Olearias, hebes, The Abelias are good too....Confetti is a wonderful little semi evergreen variety with delightful foliage and small late summer flowers.
For sun or shade don't forget the hollies....Golden King is majestic and Handsworth New Silver has silver foliage. Taxus Stamdishii is a favourite of mine....a uniquely coloured and well behaved striking conifer for sun or partial shade. Good for impact and structure and tolerant of most everything
Well there are a few evergreen shrubs...others will post more
don't forget many perennials are evergreen....heucheras, santolinas, grasses, sedges, lupins, geums like Totally Tangerine, etc.
deciduous plants will often outshine the evergreens so don't overlook them.
have fun choosing and planting