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Fabulous foliage with Euonymus fortunei

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Get into some winter ‘lipstick gardening’ and pep up your patio or doorstep. With just a couple of well chosen, well placed planters you can make a new addition to your outside space that will put a spring in your step throughout winter. Euonymus fortunei cultivars are the ideal evergreen shrubs for the job with their bright, beautiful leaves and attractive growth habits. Choose a couple of these and some matching pots to give you patio an instant eye-catching makeover or make you shrub border glow.

This range of cultivars bring striking, confident colour even on the dullest winter day. With names like ‘Emerald Gaiety’ and ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ or ‘Silver Queen’ you know it’s going to be good! These three shrubs are particularly fun examples. ‘Emerald Gaiety’ has green leaves with white margins that bear pink tinges in winter. This shrub is compact, reaching a height of approx 1 metre. Alternatively, go for ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’. The gorgeous, deep yellow margins and green hearts on the leaves of this plant never fail to get noticed. Looking like a trove of sparkling gold coins, this exciting small shrub is a great choice to take pride of place to greet you to and from your journey to work. The unmistakable star of the range has got to be ‘Silver Queen’. The glossy, dark green leaves with exquisite white margins bring a sense of affluence and style to the garden. Growing to a possible height of 2.5 metres and a width of 1.5 metres this shrub really is a winter treasure bringing all year round garden magic to your home.

These plants offer masses of value throughout the year. In addition to boosting the look of your garden or patio in early winter, when Christmas comes, you’ve already got outdoor colour to enhance your festive decorations. Plus, if you are planting your Euonymus fortunei in a shrub border, then how about adding some spring bulbs to change the scene as spring comes and take advantage of the sumptuous colourful backdrop your Euonymus can provide. Choose spring bulbs with mellow yellow, soft blue or crisp white flowers to create a really special seasonal show.

Euonymus fortunei cultivars not only make your garden feel like a million dollars, they are easy to have and keep too. The plants will cope quite happily in poor soil, are tough and of course, can stand winter frosts. They do enjoy a full sun position – especially if you really want to make the best of the variegation on the leaves. So get your gardening gloves back down off the shelf and pop to your garden centre this weekend. Planting some fabulous foliage is quick, easy and gorgeous – a fun winter project to bring some special plant magic to your garden on those grey days.

Material courtesy of www.the-hta.org

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