SPLASH OF WIN­TER COLOUR

EDP Norfolk - - GARDEN GUIDE -

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’

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