Made obvious by its name, Choisya ternata Sundance or Golden Mexican Orange Blossom, is the perfect yellow foliage shrub to bring that inviting atmosphere to your green space. This vibrant evergreen hedging plant is full of benefits as its bright yellow foliage not only creates a stunning visual effect, but also emits a pleasant fragrance that is known to have a similar scent to orange fruit. This fantastic plant also flaunts star shaped white flowers in May and will sometimes have a second flowering season in autumn.
The colour gold is associated with love and compassion, and that’s exactly how we feel towards our plants after years spent caring and nurturing our own personal connection with nature. Why not express this affection and make your garden look like royalty with golden foliage hedging plants. Consider the gold alternative to the previously mentioned Privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’, as this colourful hedging shrub shares the same functionalities as its green counterpart, but boasts exciting foliage of green leaves with an overwhelming outline of yellow. The distinctive colour combination creates a golden appearance, perfect for that specialist look.
We supply a variation of conifer hedging plants that fit this colour category as Golden Leylandii and Monterey cypress ‘Goldcrest’ display gorgeous, soft, golden foliage. Although Golden Leylandii offers dense green foliage, its colour consist of yellow sprays which gives it its golden shade. This colour can be enhanced by planting positions as the golden colour stands out when touched by sunlight. It also offers seasonal interest as its golden tints turn bronze in winter giving you sensational colours as the seasons change. Monterey cypress ‘Goldcrest’ has the lighter shaded foliage of the two colourful conifers. It offers interesting bright, lime-green, golden foliage that produces a heavenly citrus scent.
Red and Purple Foliage
For those wanting their colourful garden to make a bold statement, utilise the dramatic presence of red/purple foliage plants. Dark coloured foliage can be incorporated into a garden design in many different ways. Mixing dark coloured plants with light coloured plants is a great way to emphasise their appearance, whilst planting them amongst dark plants or on their own in certain areas, creates an effective focal point. You can even go one step further by designing an all dark foliage garden for a one of a kind, unique effect. Red/Purple foliage is better suited to sunny and lightly shaded positions, this is due to their colour being lost in fully shaded areas and therefore their presence may go unnoticed.
Here’s our selection of hedging plants with red and purple foliage:
The intensely red leaves of Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ are enriched by the green leaves that makes up its two toned coloured foliage. Being more colourful than any red flowering bush, only a handful of plants with coloured leaves show reds similar to this hedging plant, but others are prone to falling in winter. The evergreen nature of Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ sees the flamboyant shades of red remain on its branches 365 days of the year, fading somewhat into the winter months, to a dark green. For red coloured foliage plants for low borders, consider the more compact Photinia x fraseri ‘Little Red Robin’. With a smaller, more dense leaf structure, Photinia x fraseri ‘Little Red Robin’ can be trimmed to shape and is perfect for hedges less than 1m in height.
If you’re aiming to bring red colours to your garden but don’t want to be limited to leaves and flowers, the stunning appearance of Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, also known as Vivid Red Dogwood, is an ideal option. You’ll see long, sturdy, vertical branches that burst from the soil, parading lavish shades of red. The inimitable structure and colour of Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ looks outstanding as a single species hedge, but when combined with other Dogwood varieties such as Dogwood Orange and Dogwood Yellow, the complementing combination of colours creates a tremendous, multi-coloured feature.
Purple Beech is a great choice for those wanting seasonal interest with colourful foliage plants. The dark foliage on deeply veined, purple leaves turn crisp brown in winter. A great alternative to an evergreen, but not entirely deciduous as the copper coloured leaves suspend from its branches until new growth in spring, providing you with year round interest and colour. You can also achieve hedging plants with beautiful shades of purple with Berberis x ottawensis and Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea. These deciduous shrubs present radiant shades of purple before transforming to reds in late autumn and falling in winter. They contain heaps of added interest as Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea displays yellow flowers in summer and bright orange berries in autumn and both species act as an effective intruder barrier as their branches are full of sharp needles.
Variegated foliage plants offer limitless patterns that can be subtle or ferociously colourful. We stock an abundance of unique pattern varieties full of swirls, lines, outlines, speckles, and spots, perfect for bringing matchless interest to your garden. We have delightful colour combinations that see glossy green leaves, outlined with complimenting and contrasting colours.
Top pick of variegated hedging plants:
Variegated leaf shrubs such as Euonymous japonicus ‘Ovatus Aureus’ and Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge’, display shiny green leaves that are surrounded by an outline of illuminating yellow. Griselinia Dixon’s Cream similarly holds polished green leaves, but is outlined by a softer, cream coloured outline. All of which are low maintenance shrubs with a multitude of uses and adherence to poor soils and coastal conditions. For an alternative coloured outline, consider Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Limelight’, which sees light yellow pigments surrounded by a dark green tinted leaf.
Spotted Laurel, as you can guess by the name, consists of an arrangement of colourful leaf spots. Like many Laurels, Spotted Laurel has large, sleek leaves with lustrous shades of light green. The leaves are complemented by numerous golden spots and splashes of varying sizes. Burnished berries neatly sit within the variegated foliage, and their shiny red colours are enhanced by the colourful leaves.
When planting for a variety coloured foliage, it pays not to be cautious with your selection and choose a number of plants that will create eye catching features full of contrasting and complimenting leaf colours, shapes and textures. Artfully combining both deciduous and evergreen colourful foliage plants will bring a serious of dynamic colours that offer interest in several different seasons. Whether it’s to bring as much colour as possible to a garden, create certain focal points or help contribute towards atmosphere, we have the best selection of colourful foliage hedging plants to fulfil your gardening goals.