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Starting a front garden and looking for a euphorbia recommendation.

CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,451
It's early days yet but I remember first seeing the Four Seasons garden and being blown away http://www.fourseasonsgarden.co.uk/ . It's not to everyone's taste but I do love lime, mahogany and blue foliage. 

In this vein I would like to identify the best euphorbia for the top right of this picture.  In front of the inherited columnar evergreen and the juvenile Sambucus Nigra Black Lace.

Anyone with euphorbia experience feel they can offer guidance?  I hate floppy plants that need staking, I think they shouldn't exist.

Thanks team I know someone has tried growing different types and has an opinion.


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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,940
    I have one which is quite sturdy, but I've forgotten which one it is!
    I'll see if I can find out. 
    This was from a few years ago

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,451
    Might be good if it was euphobia x martini as they have them at my local cheapy nursery but they didn't look substantial enough against the tall guys behind.  Does wulfenii flop do we know?
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,283
    I have Euphorbia amydoloides purpurea  which fits your criteria as it has lime green flower and purple leaves :) Not the tallest ( about 75cm) but a lovely plant for a shady spot.
    I also have E. Fireglow which is taller, has reddish orange flowers, makes large clumps and withstands all the Pennine winds without collapsing.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,940
    I think mine might be E. Redwing. If it isn't that one - it's certainly very similar.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • daisymdaisym Milngavie, north of GlasgowPosts: 74
    I had a euphorbia characias wulfenii for many years and loved it. It was in a south-facing bed in a corner so was protected from the wind. It grew to about 1metre and was quite bushy. It flowered well every year. I always wore gloves to cut off the finished flowers because the sap is very irritant. I wish I had room for another.
  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,451
    daisym said:
    I had a euphorbia characias wulfenii for many years and loved it. It was in a south-facing bed in a corner so was protected from the wind. It grew to about 1metre and was quite bushy. It flowered well every year. I always wore gloves to cut off the finished flowers because the sap is very irritant. I wish I had room for another.
    I took the bait and went for the wulfenii, when it's really what you want you have to try it eh? However I ended up buying a garden arch whilst I was browsing the site!!  I did need one, I've got a rose growing over a cheap arch that only has three legs and is rickety as anything.  Thanks for the input all. 😃
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