SPLASH OF WINTER COLOUR
Evergreen Euonymus are useful, easy to grow shrubs which are colourful all year and give a splash of brightness to the winter garden when it’s most needed. There are two main groups, Euonymus fortune, which are generally low-growing, making excellent ground cover or front of border shrubs, and Euonymus japonicus, which are generally taller and more upright, making them good for hedging or specimen plants.
A good, recently released fortune variety is E.f. ‘Goldy’ which has almost luminous foliage in spring and keeps a good colour all year round. It grows to around 45-60cm tall in open ground or, like many fortune varieties, it will grow taller and more quickly if trained against a partly shaded wall. Another dwarf variety with interesting foliage is E.f. ‘Harlequin’. The new leaf growth is pure white becoming speckled green with age and with a tinge of pink in the winter months. Growing to only around 50cm, it is suitable for containers as well as rockeries and borders.
A good japonicus variety is ‘Green Spire’ which has upright stems growing to around 1m. Covered in small, dark green leaves with toothed margins, it’s easy to grow and makes a good replacement for buxus (box) hedging where box blight is a problem.
Euonymus are adaptable plants coping with most soils in sun or part shade, although the variegated varieties do better in more sun.
Euonymus fortunei ‘Goldy’