Evergreen azaleas are spreading shrubs that never grow above 6 1/2 feet tall. They have green, oval shaped leaves and flowers in brilliant reds, white or mauve. The famous Kurume azaleas are evergreens. They are also winter hardy, sometimes to - 13 degrees Fahrenheit. Like other azaleas, they love acid soil and part sun.
Bamboo is a type of grass famous for its very rapid growth. One type of bamboo that grows relatively slowly is the Chusquea couleou, which forms lush thickets and has stems that are from 13 to 20 feet long, though they tend to arch over in a pleasing way. Other types of bamboo have more upright habits.
Camellias like the C. reticulata are evergreen shrubs that produce spectacular pink to scarlet flowers in April and May. Like the azaleas, evergreen camellias also like acidic soil and part shade.
Mugo is a staple of Japanese gardens. It is naturally a dwarf pine and grows out instead of up, with dense stiff branches and dark green, curved needles. A tough little shrub, it is excellent for planting in a coastal garden as it can tolerate the salt spray. It’s not fussy about soil and is drought-tolerant.