Does your Escallonia look like this?
Or your Rosemary like this?
The record cold spell we had this winter really made us realize what is truly hardy here. We don't know about you, but we got to one degree a couple nights in a row. That is cold. That is the coldest we have ever been since we moved here in 2004. That is cold that may be here more regularly as global warming has its effect of erratic weather. The cold we had was also fairly dry and long lasting which caused even more damage since the plant basically becomes dessicated. So we are not USDA Zone 8; even Zone 7 seems a stretch these days. But we are here to help!
There are still alternatives that can be cold hardy and even deer resistant. We will be answering questions I'm sure all spring about what plants need to come out and what their replacements can be. We will be covering them in many of our upcoming spring classes. Such as 'I Just Moved Here- What do I Plant?' and 'Deer Resistant Plants for the Rogue Valley'.
But here are a few quick suggestion I came up with while working with Bill Bumgardner of Bumgardner's Landscape . Thanks for the photos Bill!
Shooting Star Nursery's cold hardy recommendations for evergreens for sun:
Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' (most of these have had superficial damage, although if they went through zero degrees they did not make it)
Prunus 'Otto Luyken'
Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' (came through beautifully)
Ilex 'Blue Girl'
Elaeagnus 'Gilt Edge', seemed to do better than plain silver
Pinus mugo pumilo
Evergreen Berberis varieties (may show some damage but should leaf out)
Osmanthus h. Rotundifolius (looks great)
Arctostaphylos 'Howard Mcminn'- seems to have the least damage out of the hybrid Manzanitas
Prunus lusitanica- Portugeuse Laurel
Prunus lauro. 'Skip'- Skip Laurel- did better than straight English Laurel
Shooting Star Nursery's cold hardy recommendations for evergreens for shade:
Rhododendron (most varieties)
Ilex 'Blue Girl'
Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' (part shade)
Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' (part shade)
Osmanthus h. Rotundifolius (part shade)