Flowering Evergreen Shrubs

  • Shrubs that often have large, colourful flowers,

  • but don't shed their leaves in fall. 

  • Most species covered here belong to the Ericaceae family.

Rhododendron and other plants in the Ericaceae family, grow best in humus rich, acidic, evenly moist soil. 

Calluna
 

Calluna  is a genus of only one species in the Ericaceae family, native to Europe and Asia Minor. A number of cultivars with varied flower and foliage colours are grown in gardens.  

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  • Calluna vulgaris

Erica - Heather
 

Erica is a large genus of around  800 species in the family Ericaeae. The greatest species diversity is in S-Africa, but species are also native to other parts of Africa and Europe. 

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  • Erica cinerea 

    • 'Tobi'​

  • Erica carnea 

    • 'Rosalie'​

  • Erica x darleyensis

  • Erica tetracalyx

    • 'Alba Mollis'​

Gaultheria
 

Gaultheria is a large genus of around 135 species in the Ericaeae family. They are evergreen shrubs native to Asia, Australia and N- and S-America. Species native to the southern hemisphere  were grouped in a separate genus, Pernettya, but have now been moved to the genus Gaultheria. The flowers are bell-shaped, white or pink.

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  • Gaultheria miqueliana

  • Gaultheria procumbens

Kalmia 
 

Kalmia is a small genus of around 10 species in the Ericaceae family, native to N-America. The leaves are toxic and can cause poisoning in live stock. The flowers can be white, pink or purple. 

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Rhododendron
 

Rhododendron is a very large genus of over 1000 species in the family Ericaceae. Most are native to Asia and a few to N-America. They are deciduous or evergreen shrubs with large flowers in all colors of the spectrum except bright blue. Most of the deciduous varieties are too tender for the Icelandic climate. 

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Hebe are evergreen shrubs native to New Zealand. They need a sunny, sheltered space in well drained soil.

Hebe
 

Hebe is a genus of around 90 species in the Plantaginaceae family. Their main distribution area is in New Zealand, but a few species are also native to S-America. The genus is closely related to the genus Veronica and some botanists include the Hebe species in that genus.

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