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Evergreens, of course, provide winter color and many kinds thrive in shady places…the tone and texture of their foliage make an interesting contrast to the more flamboyant deciduous shrubs and flowering annuals. They give your landscape year round stability. Generally speaking the further south you go, the wider choice of broad-leaved evergreen shrubs you will have. Needle or coniferous evergreens do well throughout most of Canada but, although they offer a wide range of shapes and colors, there is little in way of texture. You are best to plant these along with deciduous shrubs.