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triock69triock69 Posts: 3
We are looking for a yellow/golden low growing but wide spreading shrub. We have seen the Euonymus Fortunei Emerald & Gold, but are not entirely sure this fills the bill..? Can anyone recommend this, or some other alternative option..??


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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098
    What is the job you need it to do @triock69 ? That Euonymus is ideal for lots of sites as it's easy to maintain, and very tough.  :)
    If you can give us an idea of the site and the aspect etc, that will help with alternatives too  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • triock69triock69 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the reply...
    The idea is that it will form a centre piece in a small irregular shaped flower bed, so we don't want anything that will grow too large, nor too high - hence the low growing comment... We have a number of Choisya in the garden, so we don't want another one of those; which is why we looked at the Euonymus Fortunei.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,114
    @triock69 How much sun will this plant get? The aspect is important for shrubs with golden leaves
  • Kate 7Kate 7 Posts: 141
    might might be worth looking at Euphorbias, there’s so many available.
  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne & Wear Green Belt Posts: 1,514
    Kate 7 said:
    might might be worth looking at Euphorbias, there’s so many available.
    Something like this? 


  • triock69triock69 Posts: 3
    @triock69 How much sun will this plant get? The aspect is important for shrubs with golden leaves
    Hi again GardenerSuze, my garden is south west facing, so it gets plenty of sun. Other suggestions, much appreciated, have suggested Euphorbias, but I am particularly allergic to their sap, so I steer clear of those... 
  • PlantmindedPlantminded WirralPosts: 998
    edited 18 April
    Does it have to be a shrub?  There are other plants with the size and colour you are looking for that might work.  Have a look at Hakonechloa macra "Aureola", a small ornamental grass with striped bright yellow and green leaves - it will grow in sun or shade.  Or, Carex morrowii "Everglow", an attractive yellow striped sedge, which is also evergreen.  The different habits of these two plants would complement and add contrast to your Choisya.
  • robairdmacraignilrobairdmacraignil CorkPosts: 586
    Maybe too low growing but there is a nice yellow leaved thyme that I have found grow well here. I think it is this one. If you don't mind it being deciduous then another option might be the variety of spiraea golden princess. Have also found the Euonymous already mentioned seems to be a good option. There is also a yellow leaved variety of box leaf honeysuckle which has a nice colour but I have found looks a bit straggly when not trimmed regularly.

    Happy gardening!
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