Fast-growing evergreen shrubs include the non-flowering Green Velvet Boxwood and the flowering Longwood Blue Mist Shrub. Each shrub's foliage is low-maintenance, deer-resistant and shapes easily if desired.
Green Velvet Boxwood retains its color and hardiness in extreme conditions, including high heat and severe winters. A hybrid of Korean and English Boxwood, this evergreen combines compact, dense, full-bodied growth habits that shape to any form, including topiary and hedge. Its foliage showcases a mixture of green, orange and gold hues during colder months, and grows to heights of 1 to 2 feet tall. The Green Velvet Boxwood is ideal for creating borders and landscape designs when grouped, and single plants make an impact framing gates or walkways and softening the outside corners of homes.
The Longwood Blue Mist Shrub boasts a significantly long bloom time of heavy flower production and non-sprawling, upright growth. The foliage of this fast-growing evergreen has thick, sturdy leaves of silver hues, and thrives in both sunny and partially shaded areas, growing to a height of 2 to 4 feet tall. The vibrant blue blooms allow it to be a focal point, even in small spaces. The fragrant Longwood Blue Mist Shrub blooms during its first year of growth and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.