Shrubs: Yaupon Holly Shrubs: Yaupon Holly Genus: Ilex vomitoria Zones: 7 to 10 Cost: $12 to $30 Expert says: "This drought-tolerant Texas native can grow to 15 feet or taller. In winter, its attractive red berries feed birds." —John Dromgoole
This evergreen shrub typically opens white flowers in early spring. The blooms are fragrant and bell-shaped, strongly resembling lily-of-the-valley flowers. You can find varieties that flower in shades of red or pink, as well. Flower buds form in summer and remain on plants through winter, adding strong seasonal interest. Give pieris partial shade. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.
Barberry bears sharp spines that provide a nearly impenetrable barrier on this 3- to 6-foot-tall shrub. There's a wealth of varieties that bear foliage in shades of chartreuse, green, burgundy, and rosy red. The leaves develop golden, orange, and red hues in fall. Test Garden Tip: In some areas, Japanese barberry is considered invasive, so check local regulations before planting. Name: Berberis selections Zones: 3 - 9