'Bay Breeze' Dwarf Indian Hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica). Also known as 'Hines Darkleaf'.
Mine are planted in a hedge between my front porch and the sidewalk. I love that:
1) They stay small, so I can sit and still look over them, but have a sense of privacy.
2) They're evergreen, so even in December they are cheerful to see.
3) They bloom in spring.
They're almost no care. I have been known to throw some fertilizer under them, and I have also been known to forget to do that for years at a time.
|'Bay Breeze' (Hines Darkleaf) Indian Hawthorn|
I have to shape mine to keep them off the sidewalk, but other than that, they are truly one of the easiest plants in my garden. Don't shape them before they bloom in spring - you might cut off that year's blooms.
They love full sun, but can be planted in part shade. And any plant that loves full sun in hot Texas really, really loves the sun! I have some planted in a place that is full shade, and they are leggy and rarely bloom. I keep thinking I will need to put something else in that place, and I will eventually, but it's hard to pull out a plant that is still evergreen with lots of leaves on it, even if it is unhappy.
The only problem I can see with this plant as a foundation planting is the fact that they attract bees when they're blooming. It doesn't bother me, but if I had a lot of visitors or was allergic to bees, I might not want these near my front door.
'Bay Breeze' grows in zones 8 to 11, to 3 ft. tall and wide, with a nice rounded shape.