Shrubs with Interesting Foliage

autumnplant2 (300x288) (2)Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ – This evergreen shrub or Box Honeysuckle is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and was introduced back in 1967. It features branches of tiny bright gold leaves that can wash out (or whiten a bit) in full sun exposures. Easily trained as an informal hedge or topiary. Grows 5′ high and wide (without pruning). Hardy to zone 6.

rhodoostbored (300x295)Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth Ostbo Red’ (Ostbo 1958) (sport or hybrid of R. ‘Elizabeth’)(syn. ‘Ostbo’s Elizabeth’, ‘Elizabeth Red Foliage’) – The new growth of this cultivar is an attractive burgundy-red that fades as the leaves mature. The blood red funnel-shaped flowers are borne in April, with a light repeat bloom in September. Grows 3′ high by 4′ wide. Zone 6.

buxusblueheinz (300x299)Buxus sempervirens ‘Blauer Heinz’ – An unusual cultivar of English Boxwood with distinct bluish-green dull foliage that is prominent on the new growth flush. As with all Boxwood, it makes a good slow-growing hedge, topiary specimen or container plant. This compact form grows to a height of 2 to 3′ high (and wide). Hardy to zone 6.

cotinusgrace (298x300)Continus x ‘Grace’ – A hybrid Smokebush developed from a cross of Cotinus coggygria and C. obovatus . It has interesting rounded grey-green leaves (that emerge a rosy pink) overlaid with reddish-purple that shift to orange and red in autumn. Fluffy pink panicles resembling smoke haze are produced in summer. Grows 12-15′ high by 8-12′ wide (without pruning). Hardy to zone 5.

102_6388 (300x299)Escallonia laevis ‘Gold Brian’ (syn. ‘Hopley’s Gold’) – This evergreen shrub has intense gold new growth that shifts to a greenish-yellow at maturity. Bright rose-red flower clusters are produced throughout the summer and contrast the foliage nicely. Protect from hot afternoon sun to prevent scorching. Grows 4-6′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

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