Plants with Colourful Foliage

Colourful Hedging Plants – When designing a garden layout many people will opt for plants that give a variation in colour of foliage rather than the solid green block of evergreen planting, such as one would see perhaps at a stately home. For good leaf colour when hedge planting one of the first to spring to mind would be Purple Beech as not only do you get the deep rich purple through the spring and summer months but also the stunning copper in winter. Staying in this vein the purple varieties of Berberis such as Berberis Rose Glow and Berberis Ottawensis Superba hedging along with the varieties of Plum Hedging, Crimson Dwarf and Purple Leaved provide stunning colourful foliage as individual shrubs or hedging plants.

If a single colour is regarded as being a little boring then there are any number of variegated plants to choose from. Plants such as Silver or Gold Variegated Dogwood will make a tremendous impact as will similarly variegated Holly, which would make a wonderful specimen tree or planted in a row a very effective but colourful security hedge. The Elaeagnus Ebbingeii Limelight and Pungens Maculata with their colourful foliage of grey-green and mixture of yellows and greens respectively and the Euonymus varieties of Golden, Silver and Bravo again provide a plethora of colour either as shrubs or hedging.

To diversify from the mid green of most hedging to more colourful hedging plants the beautiful apple green of Griselinia hedging would provide more subtle interest within the same pallette of colour, and of course the Photinia Red Robin hedge with its brilliant red new growth fading slowly to green is equally as attractive. For a low hedge or edge the silvery foliage of Cotton Lavender hedging topped by the button shaped bright yellow flowers is a sight to behold.

Tapestry hedges may be created using more colouful hedging plants, arranged in blocks of colour interspersed with plainer green species for contrast. The limit of colour combinations possible is limited only by the imagination and the need to (at least approximately) choose all species with a similar growth rate. Popular combinations include Green and Purple Beech, Golden Privet, Pyracantha and Photinia Red Robin.

For any further information about our colourful hedging plants or any other species, please call our experienced sales team on 01580 765600.