During the recent Landscape Design workshop with Ian Price, Ian spoke about using foliage more in the garden, not to worry about flowers but to get a good base of foliages first, and this caught my eye in Foyle U3A, a simple mix of purple Heuchera with the golden leaves of Euonymus being a wonderful compliment
this shrub is just to leaf up in my own, the deep coloured foliage is a joy in the garden, highlighted more when you plant alongside bright coloured shrubs, I have mines underplanted with golden Euonymus and this colour combination gives a great effect for a good 5 months of the year. Sambucus Black Beauty is a vigorous shrub, I cut mines back and it re-grows 6' a year and flowers in summer too....a great plant!
The gorgeous foliage colours of Euonymus Emerald n Gold catches the eye in most gardens at this time of year, the fresh new growth is super bright and really lifts any garden, especially when planted beside other dark leaved or contrasting foliages. Euonymus can be used as a ground cover, walls shrub or small hedge and will grow in most soils, although it hates to dry out, in a very cold site the foliage may take on a pinky tinge also, but the plant will quickly leaf back up again in the spring.
Euonymus is fast growing and if planted in a group will quickly give a weed smothering layer of foliage. Plant this throughout a large garden to give a continuity to the garden.
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