Creating layers of evergreen protection in the yard with both tall and mid-sized trees as well as lower shrubs and ground covers. I was sure they were finished. Space plants 6 to 8 feet apart for a hedge or dense screen. Selecting zone 4 evergreen shrubs requires careful consideration, however, as not all evergreens are equipped to withstand winter temperatures that can plummet to -30 F. (-34 C.). Birds that love them: Its bright dark blue fruits (which we use for jam) provide food for many birds within its range, including the Brown Thrasher and Red-eyed Vireo, and dozens of other birds. Yaupon Holly (ilex vomitoria) can grow up to 25 feet tall and produces beautiful white flowers and loads of red berries. But I also liked Viburnum Pragense - I haven't seen this plant before and the flowers + the leaves make this so beautiful. And berries feed birds and other wildlife in autumn and winter. From hydrangea bushes to lilac bushes and every evergreen in between, many attractive, fast-growing shrubs provide privacy, hide eyesores, and offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife in a matter of a few seasons. Shrubs Northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) Season: Fall fruiting, winter persistent fruits Description: Semi-evergreen shrub produces fragrant, waxy, silver-gray berries, which stay on the plant year-round Food type: Fruit Nell Rose from England on January 29, 2012: Hi, this is such a lovely hub, I had never seen a chickadee before, don't think we have them in England, maybe we do but under a different name, and as you say the bushes are so important for the birds and other wildlife, I am lucky to have Kites living in the trees next to me, they are like eagles but are a golden color, the hedges underneath them have so much wildlife, from goldcrest birds, to squirrels up the trees too! We’re not talking formally pruned plants that go on forever. Thanks for stopping by. Evergreen shrubs will provide other plants in the garden with a solid anchor. Grow it in zones 7 to 10. These plants do double duty: They attract berry-eating birds such as bluebirds and robins while also creating a beautiful display with their flowers, fall colors, and fruits. The fragrant white flowers are beloved by birds, bees and butterflies. Viburnum lantana also produces berries eaten by birds in the winter. rated up and shared! Voted up + awesome + beautiful. The Viburnum Pragense is a magnet to birds and butterflies and resists insects and disease. They rapidly become taller at about 2’ per year and are disease and pest resistant. If you are considering adding any plantings to your landscape, you might want to make them do double duty by pleasing both you and your backyard birds. It was filled with all kinds of beautiful birds, rabbits, quail, bobwhites, pheasants and wild turkeys, and visited daily by deer and coy dogs. Other choices to think about are the fast-growing viburnum pragense, which is a broadleaf evergreen that blooms in May with beautiful and fragrant ivory flowers, and the wax myrtle; the moderately fast-growing evergreen sumac (rhus virens) as well as the slow-growing yaupon (ilex vomitoria), which is very attractive to wildlife. Plant a variety of berry-producing shrubs and vines that provide a variety of fruits at different times. Now there are several very fast-growing, dense and beautiful specimens you might want to consider for your new evergreen planting. Named for a school teacher from the 1800s who lived in Oxford, Md., the dense, dark green foliage and prolific red berries make it a favorite of birds and humans alike. Give the birds what they need, and add color and structure to your garden, with shrubs. Another plus presents itself should you have a deer problem. Chickadees are very social and love to ‘tweet’ and ‘twitter’ amongst themselves just like humans! They are fairly drought resistant and prefer full sun to light shade. As it’s a climber, honeysuckle is ideal when space is tight. Snowbrush The Buckthorn Family–Rhamnaceae Ceanothus velutinus Douglas ex Hook. Another fast-developing evergreen is the Thuja Green Giant. These trees and shrubs also provide safe places to build a nest! Use it as a screen or plant individual specimens. The fragrant white flowers are beloved by birds, bees and butterflies. It grows in any soil, sun to part shade in zones 7 to 9, and is the host plant for Henrys Elfin Butterfly; also moderately deer resistant.