Variegated Shrubs II

daphneodoramae-jima (291x300)Daphne odora ‘Mae-Jima’ (syn. ‘Maejima’) – A heavily variegated form of Winter Daphne with bold creamy-yellow margins that really stand out on those dull days. This shrub is reliably evergreen and produces highly fragrant clusters of pale pink flowers starting in February. Best in part to full sun with good drainage. Grows 3 to 4′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 7.

euonymusgaeity (290x300)Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ – This creeping evergreen Euonymus has long been a landscape standard and it is also an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. It is primarily a foliage plant with waxy deep green leaves and consistent creamy-white margins. Usually grown as a low shrub (with pruning), it will climb with support. Grows 3-5′ high by 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

euonymusgold (300x296)Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ – An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with glossy deep green leaves (up to 1.5″ long) heavily edged in bright gold. It can be trained as a short vine with support and the foliage will often take on rose-pink tones in the colder weather. The greenish-white flowers are insignificant. Grows 18-24″ high by 2-4′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

lonicera (300x288)Lonicera nitida ‘Lemon Beauty’ – A versatile evergreen shrub which can be grown as an informal hedge, free-standing bush or container specimen. It bears tiny green leaves with creamy-yellow to gold margins. This Box Honeysuckle prefers part to full sun and should be pruned on a regular basis to ensure a dense habit. Grows 3-6′ high by 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

leucothoerainbow (299x300)Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ –  This evergreen shrub is a good choice for those often difficult part sun exposures. It will definitely brighten those dull corners with its arching stems of green, creamy-yellow and pink leaves (taking on burgundy tones in winter) borne on red-tinted stems. Small white flowers are produced in spring. Grows 3 to 5′ high and wide. Zone 5.

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