Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush
My favorite low maintenance evergreen shrub right now is this beauty! It is a dwarf evergreen that can handle the Texas sun and blooms from Spring to Summer. SCORE! It can be found easily at your nearest nursery or home & garden store. I found it to be reasonably priced, especially this time of year when many shrubs are on clearance. Warning: This is a slow grower so try not to prune too much and be careful when planting not to accidentally break off any large branches. I planted 3 of these in my front flowerbed under my Red Oak tree, this gets a lot of sun. It looked so great that I went back for 2 more and placed them in my South facing flowerbed... it definitely gets hot afternoon sun. The blue-gray needles already remind me of Christmas and the lighter color looks great against the dark mulch and afternoon shade. Since it grows up to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide I think this is a great value. I am anxious to see the red blooms next year and how well they perform in our 100+ degree weather and once-per-week only watering schedule allowed in my city.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you have this shrub planted in your beds and what your experience has been.