Fast-growing evergreen shrubs are among the darlings of owners of a small or large lot as they reach their adult size in 3 or 4 years. They allow shading corners to be set up in a short time. Integrated into the hedge, they offer the possibility of being well hidden from the neighborhood in all seasons. Retaining their foliage in winter, they are also natural windbreaks, which is very appreciable when blowing a stinging north wind, for example. To quickly have shade in the garden, or to protect yourself in just a few seasons from prying eyes and strong winds, you might as well choose persistent shrubs that grow quickly. Here is a selection of 8 interesting and very aesthetic species.
1 – The Forsythia
It is a semi-evergreen shrub, which means that if the autumn and winter temperatures are mild, it retains a large part of its leaves which fall in the spring when the new foliage is already showing the tip of its nose. Its attraction lies in its early flowering. Indeed, the Forsythia blooms from the end of February until the last days of April. But it is also sought after for its rapid growth which therefore allows a garden to be quickly vegetated.
2 – The Photinia
It is one of the fairly fast growing evergreen shrubs that are popular because it thrives very well in the countryside as in an urban garden. It is used isolated or in hedge. It is distinguished by the shiny red of its new shoots which bring a very shimmering touch to the outdoor space and therefore, over the seasons, its foliage changes color. In addition, the Photinia blooms profusely in the spring, and the effect is truly spectacular.
3 – The Cherry Laurel
It is also called the Palm laurel. It mainly likes mild climates and humid regions, but can be cultivated in a cold climate since its beautiful hardiness allows it to withstand temperatures of around -15 ° C. We mainly use the Laurel- cherry in hedge since it quickly forms a very protective plant screen. We appreciate it because it is persistent, its foliage is a beautiful shiny green, but also because it is satisfied with little care once it is well rooted. Be careful, its leaves and the core of its fruit are poisonous. This tree should therefore not be confused with the true laurel also called Laurier-sauce.
4 – St. John’s Wort
There are several varieties of St. John’s Wort. Hypericum andosaemum is persistent, and can be cultivated isolated Where in low hedge. Its growth is rapid, it produces a profusion of yellow flowers and is so undemanding that it grows everywhere without needing much attention.
5 – Anisodontea
It is a shrubby plant known as the Cape Mallow. Anisodontea grows very quickly. Its size in adulthood is however moderate, of the order of 1.80 m. It is a real phenomenon, with a very long flowering period please where it is installed. Some specimens bloom throughout the year. The flowers are a mauve pink. Well sheltered from the prevailing winds, it is able to brave frost (moderate) and snow. But beware of too wet winters!
6 – The Rhododendron
It is a beautiful heather earth shrub which covers itself with big beautiful flowers from April to the end of June, available in a rich palette of colors, and in autumn, its evergreen foliage takes on fiery colors depending on the variety. It is therefore a decorative shrub which deserves a special place in the garden, even if it is in the shade. It has a reputation for growing quickly, but for this it is better to plant it in the ground rather than in pots.
7 – Bamboo
Bamboo brings a exotic note in the garden even in winter with its evergreen foliage. It is preferable to choose non-tracing species so as not to be invaded in a very short time. To take advantage of their beautiful foliage all year round, you can, for example, plant Bambusa Fargesia rufa perfect for a small garden. It is also grown in a pot which makes it an ideal plant on the terrace. As for Metake Bamboo, it is very easy to maintain, also grows quickly and is minimally invasive.
8 – The common Strawberry tree
Perfect for creating a plant decoration in the garden, the strawberry tree that we nickname Strawberry tree is a shrub of great beauty with its decorative evergreen foliage, its White flowers in bells that bloom in August-September and its pinkish beige trunk. In addition, in autumn it produces a multitude of red round berries, edible, which earned him his nickname. The fruit of the Arbutus is called the arbutus. This beautiful shrub is planted in the ground in seaside regions and in pots in a harsh winter climate. It grows about 60 cm per year.