If you’re concerned that things are going to look a little drab in a month or two, now’s the time to do some planting so that you warm your garden up for winter.
A good way to get a little ‘sunshine’ in your garden during those long, wet and dark winter months, is to introduce some gold. Gold foliage evergreens are low maintenance, yet they add a warm, vibrant feel to what could otherwise be a very monotonous landscape of dark brown, grey and green.
There are a few options when it comes to gold foliage. The most well known are the conifers such as Polar Gold™ arborvitae, a 12-15’ (3.6-4.5 m) golden pyramid which is wonderful as hedging, if you have the space. If you don’t have that much space or just want something a little smaller, ‘Filip’s Magic Moment,’ is also a golden pyramid, but it’s a lot smaller and sports striking yellow fan-like foliage. It grows slowly, eventually reaching around 6-8’. It is a very stylish alternative to the plain green conifers we see so often in our B.C. front and back yards. Another variety of this plant is Anna’s Magic Ball™ arborvitae which is perfect if you want something even littler. This compact and pretty plant grows into a 10-15” (25-38 cm) golden ball which is quite delightful as an accent in a winter garden. Both of these dwarf conifers are also very suitable for planting in winter window boxes or containers. They’re the ‘no fuss’ solution to liven up the winter months.
If you’re not fond of conifers, but you’d still like some gold in your garden, then try winter creeper euonymus. This is a very versatile and showy, glossy-leafed plant which is often grown as a ground cover, climber, or even small shrub.
The colorful foliage makes it a popular choice. The new Goldy™ euonymus is pure gold as opposed to previous varieties which are mostly variegated. As you’ll have noticed with many plants sporting yellow foliage, the yellow is brightest on new growth. However Goldy™ gives a wonderful show with it’s cheerful chartreuse-lime leaves throughout the coldest months of winter, warming up your winterscape nicely.
We’re fortunate here that our winters are fairly mild which gives us additional choices such as the beautiful Sicilian Sunshine™ bay laurel. This wonderful shrub has the most delicious fragrant foliage – think of the bay leaves in your spice rack! It’s also an evergreen shrub and very low maintenance. On this particular variety, the new growth appears in a lovely lemon-yellow on bright red stems for an immediate and showy impact that gets attention and compliments every time it’s spotted. Sicilian Sunshine™ can also be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill brightening up your winter days no matter how wet, grey or chilly the weather outside.
Come in to Tanglebank Gardens and ask us to show you all the different options you have to make your winter garden just as beautiful and fun to look at as it ever is in Spring and Summer. Come in soon, Fall is perfect for planting!