|Golden Evergreens in the Landscape|
When planning a garden design it is important to incorporate interesting structure and color into the landscape so that there is eye-catching interest all year long. Golden evergreens will not only add structure but will enhance the landscape with their outstanding show of color. There are a variety of golden evergreens available to the homeowner to implement into the landscape. There are six in particular that I will focus on in this article that have proven to be hardy in the zone 7 northeastern garden and that will thrive in zones ranging from 4 to 8.
|Picea orientalis 'Skylands'|
|Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera 'Gold Mop'|
|Euonymus japonica 'Aureo Marginata'|
|Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurea Nana'|
Next on the list is Chamaecyapris obtusa 'Aurea' or Golden Hinoki Cypress. Golden Hinoki Cypress ranges in a variety of sizes from the species 'Nana' which is dwarf in size (2-3' in height) to 'Compacta' which is medium height (10-20 ' in height) to 'Gracillis' (40-60' in height). Hinoki Cypress are hardy in USDA zones 4-8 and display luxurious golden twisted compact foliage throughout all the seasons. These evergreens prefer to be grown in full sun in a moist but well-drained acidic soil. Some of the more popular varieties are Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurea Nana' (seen here), 'Verdoni' which displays a deeper yellow foliage and grows a bit taller to 6-8 feet and 'Confucious' which is a newer slower growing variety with broader yellow foliage on emerald green under layers and growing to 4-6 feet in height. 'Crippsi' is a popular golden variety growing to 15-30 feet and can be used as either a specimen or incorporated into a privacy screening. Each one of these varieties is more beautiful than the next and serve as excellent specimens in the landscape. Hinoki Cypress can be used as a focal point in a foundation planting or as a stand alone piece in a cottage garden, evergreen garden or perennial border. These magnificent beauties will add outstanding interest to just about any landscape.
|Cedrus deodara 'Aurea'|
Last but not least on the list of golden evergreens is Juniperus chinensis 'Gold Lace'. Gold Lace Juniper displays spreading arching golden-green branches and reaches a mature height of 3-4 feet and width of 4-6 feet. It is hardy in zones 4-8 and prefers to be grown in full sun to maintain its golden color which appears on new growth. Juniperus 'Gold Lace' also prefers to be grown in a moist yet well-drained neutral to acidic soil. This attractive golden shrub can be regularly pruned to keep the plant more compact. Uses of this evergreen in the landscape are versatile ranging from usage as a foundation planting to incorporating this lovely addition into an evergreen or perennial garden.
There is nothing like a little bit of gold to liven up any landscape and these golden specimens will add interesting texture, graceful foliage and outstanding color to the garden. When asked which one is my favorite I would have to say it is a toss up between the Golden Oriental Spruce and the Golden Hinoki Cypress. The 'Skylands' Spruce has a special meaning for me since it was planted as a memorial for my mom and I see it every day as I enter our property. Once I saw its outstanding beauty for the first time I fell in love with this tree. I also enjoy my Golden Hinoki Cypress which is at the entrance to our yard. Its color is vibrant and its foliage so delicate and attractive. If you are looking to transform your landscape into one of color that can be enjoyed throughout every season try adding some of these beauties. You will be glad you did!
As always...Happy Gardening.
Author: Lee@ A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved.