21 evergreen flowering shrubs for full sun

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Do you have a garden space with tons of sun? You are probably looking for evergreen shrubs that thrive in the sunlight. Fortunately, there are tons of beautiful evergreen flowering shrubs for full sun. Use this list to get started planting evergreen flowering shrubs in your garden.

Ilex opaca american holly

1. American holly

The American Holly bush (Ilex opaca) has vibrant green leaves and bright red berries on its branches. These are popular Christmas decorations. They love the full sun and attract songbirds, gamebirds, and mammals. Animals can eat berries, but they are poisonous to humans. Be careful planting evergreen shrubs like this if you have little ones around. The female has berries while the male holly plant nearby may not have any berries at all.

Carol mackie daphne

2. Carol Mackie Daphne

Carol Mackie Daphne (Daphne × burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’) is a wonderful broadleaf plant perfect for the front of your house in warmer climates. These showy shrubs bloom in early spring with fragrant flowers. Mature plants typically reach a size of 3-4 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.

The white flowers bloom best in sun. This plant grows best in Zones 5-9, and is typically evergreen in Zones 7-9.

‘Carol Mackie’ is known for its variegated foliage. It is evergreen in more temperate climates but will lose its leaves in colder regions. In those colder areas, it may take some time for the leaves to grow back in the Spring. If growing this plant in Zones 5-6, treat it more like a deciduous shrub in your house landscaping plan and give it a spot where its summer blooms can be appreciated.

Flowering maple (abutilon pictum)

3. Flowering maple (Abutilon pictum)

The flowering maple has beautiful flowers shaped like bulbs. They come in a wide variety of colors, including reds, oranges, and pinks. The soft leaves are the perfect shade of green. These evergreen perennials love full sun, so plant them somewhere that gets little to no shade.

Desert rose (adenium obesum)

4. Desert rose (Adenium obesum)

The desert rose is a lovely pink plant perfect for a sunlit area. They grow about 12 inches each year and are often used as bonsai plants in the home. Place them near windows for direct sunlight. They are native to Africa, the Middle East, and Madagascar but have made their way over to North America. These plants will die if exposed to frost or freezing temperatures, so keep this in mind when finding them a home.

Cherry laurels (prunus laurocerasus)

5. Cherry Laurel

Cherry Laurels (Prunus laurocerasus) are tall broadleaf evergreen shrubs known for their shiny dark green leaves and showy white flowers. These fast-growing flowering evergreens typically grow to a mature size of 10-12 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide.

Perfect for hedges, living fences, or even as a standalone specimen shrub, Cherry Laurel’s flowers attract pollinators before ripening into small red fruits that serve as sustenance for birds.

These shrubs grow best in sunny spots where the white flowers tend to bloom best. That said, laurel is also tolerant of some shade. Laurel is also semi-tolerant to salty soil.

6. Rosemary barberry (Berberis × stenophylla)

This broadleaf evergreen shrub grows to be about 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide. It has free-flowing branches covered in little flowers. The flowers are often golden-yellow in color. These plants also have purple-black fruit they bear in the spring.

Mahonia eurybracteata

7. Soft Caress Mahonia

Soft Caress Mahonia (Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’) is a dwarf mahonia variety with a compact growth habit. This yellow- flowering plant grows to a mature size of 3-4 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.

This plant can work as an accent plant or in a low mass planting, depending on your needs. While most types of Mahonia have sharp leaves, this variety is named for its softer leaves. This makes it more suitable for beside walkways.

Mahonia grows best in partial sun to partial shade. While tolerant of full shade, the plant likely will not flower well with little available sunlight for photosynthesis. This plant thrives in Zones 7-9.

Camellia japonica

8. Camellia

Camellia (Camellia japonica) is a stunning flowering evergreen shrub. These pretty plants are avaiulable in many differeent varieties. Many grow to reach a mature size of 8-12 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide, but there are dwarf and large cultivars available.

Camellias flower best when they get some direct sunlight, but harsh afternoon sun can be hard on the plants. Choose these plants for areas that get direct sunlight in the morning but not in the afternoon. These plants thrive in Zones 7-10, and are hardy down to 10℉ (-12°C).

Camellias are best planted where their gorgeous flowers can be most frequently enjoyed. Use them as a privacy hedge along a pathway, where their evergreen foliage is useful year-round and the flowers can be enjoyed in the spring. With their peony-like flowers, they also make wonderful flowering backdrops for herbaceous perennials.

Gardenia

9. Gardenia

The gardenia evergreen shrub is another shrub that flowers best when it receives 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day but should be given an area that gets a bit of shade in the afternoon. These shrubs need lots of sun to flower, but extra-hot afternoon light in the afternoon can burn the leaves.

Like many flowering evergreen shrubs, gardenia grows best with organic mulch. If you grow a gardenia in a container, be sure to provide a bright light or filtered shade. These sun-loving evergreens enjoy moist and well-drained soil at their roots. The evergreen foliage looks nice all year long.

Rhododendron

10. Rhododendron

These lovely flowering evergreen shrubs have large green leaves that stay colorful throughout the winter. Their bright clusters of flowers make springtime beautiful. These plants are evergreen and deciduous. Find them in almost every part of Northern America, including Canada and Florida.

Green and gold color euonymus fortunei,yellow and green leaves of euonymus fortunei

11. Euonymus

There are 175 different euonymus species, including dwarf varieties and tall trees. The shrubs for full sun have great fall foliage and are lovely placed in an open area or along a wall that gets plenty of sun. Plant them in early spring and watch their foliage change color throughout the year. Many also have fruit and seed pods!

12. Rosemary

Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen shrub that loves the full sun. The needle-like leaves are often used for cooking and other remedies. It has a fibrous root system and is native to the Mediterranean and Asia. These evergreen shrubs are considered an invasive species because of how they grow.

13. Mountain Laurel

Mountain laurels are lovely state park trees in North America. They have circular spring blooms that are often pink or white in color. This is a relatively slow-growing shrub. They grow about a foot each year and are planted in masses to make them appear larger. These evergreen shrubs partner great with rhododendrons and azaleas.

14. Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

This plant looks exactly like it’s name. The red flowers look like a brush you would clean a baby bottle with. The trees grow up to 25 feet tall. The plant is grown in an upright form and a weeping variety. Evergreen shrubs like this enjoy full sun or partial shade and can thrive in many different types of soil.

15. California Lilac

Add this evergreen flowering shrub to your garden, and you’ll get sweet scents all spring and summer long. These flowering evergreen shrubs are gorgeous when in bloom. During the fall and winter, they have lovely green foliage that compliments the weather. This evergreen shrub grows to be about 20 feet tall in the right conditions.

16. Flannel bush (Fremontodendron)

These California evergreen flowering shrubs for the full sun will delight your garden. In early spring, they sprout bright yellow flowers. Plant them in a sunny spot and watch them thrive. With ideal conditions, these can grow to be 20 feet tall. They have dark green leaves that beautifully complement the yellow blossoms. Plant them in full sun or partial shade for best results.

17. Butterfly Bush

These purple full sun bushes attract butterflies and other pollinators and they also love full sun. The dark green leaves compliment the pink flowers and purple blooms in early spring. They are extremely fragrant flowering shrubs. Be sure to research butterfly populations in your area as these bushes are sometimes known to crowd out butterfly larvae in native regions.

18. Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentila fruticosa)

This evergreen shrub looks much like strawberry blossoms in the spring. You will see yellow, orange, white, and pink flowers. They can grow to about 4 feet tall and love zones 2 through 9. They prefer full sun but can live just fine with more shade. Find a place with plenty of morning sun and afternoon shade for this species of evergreen shrub.

Add any of these evergreen flowering shrubs for full sun to your garden for plenty of scents, blossoms, and beautiful foliage all year long. They are easy to care for and provide colorful foliage to your yard, garden, or patio. They make great additions for foundation planting and, of course, the perfect shrub border for your space.

19. Eternal Fragrance Daphne

Eternal Fragrance Daphne (Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’) is a broadleaved evergreen flowering shrub known for its beautiful scent. This compact variety grows to a mature size of 2-3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide.

The floral scent of these flowering shrubs makes them a good choice for along a walkway or next to an entryway. Place them around a patio or deck, where they can be fully enjoyed. They can also be massed along a gentle slope or planted in your front yard up against a picket fence, where passersby can enjoy the fragrance.

Daphne flowers best in full sun, but is tolerant of partial shade. This plant thrives in Zones 6-9.

20. Boxwood (Buxus)

Boxwood shrubs for full sun are great plants for the patio or outdoor area. These can be trimmed in various ways, making them beautiful ornamental pieces. They are simple to care for and can withstand the sunlight for long periods of the day. There are dwarf varieties perfect for small gardens and patios as well. Gardeners love these because of their densely packed leaves and round growth habit.

21. Evergreen Rose

Evergreen Rose (Rosa sempervirens) is a white flowering evergreen shrub with white, rose-shaped flowers that bloom in spring and summer. Unlike most roses (which are deciduous, even if they do hang onto their leaves for quite awhile), this species is evergreen. Evergreen Rose is generally hardy in Zones 6-9.

It can be grown as a shrub or as a climber. It grows to be an upright shrub reaching six feet tall and wide. As a climber, its canes can reach 15-20 feet long. This white flowering evergreen shrub prefers full sun or partial shade and well-draine, acidic soil. It is an attractive addition to any garden!

FAQs

What are the best evergreen shrubs for the front of a house in full sun?

Blue Star Juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’)
Bird’s Nest Spruce (Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’)
Winter Gem Boxwood (Buxus microphylla japonica ‘Winter Gem’)
Little Gem Norway Spruce (Picea abies ‘Little Gem’)
Hollywood Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Torulosa’)

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Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also a professional engineer, certified permaculture garden designer, and master gardener in training. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.

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