Euonymus fortunei emerald n gold, this popular and dare I say common evergreen shrubby plant is a good choice for the garden border giving interest the whole year.
A hardy brute which will thrive in any well drained soil sun or part shade. The bright golden variegated leaves are pink edged when the Winter sets in. At times you will see some of the leaves turning plain green, remove these stems to prevent the plant reverting. This Euonymus gives good ground cover but is also attractive as a specimen plant. I have seen it mentioned as growing to a height of 2/3 ft, I have never seen it reach this height in our garden, mind you I suppose this is because we keep it in check.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Full sun/part shade
Height – 60cm
This is another Euonymus Fortunei which has been in our garden, on this very spot for over twenty years. Silver Queen is the title bestowed upon this one, and has the RHS prestigious award of garden merit. See how it tumbles down from the border above, a clear indication that it could well reach the height of 3ft if left to its own devices. It is identical in habit to Emerald n Gold.
Here we have some pictures taken of Crathes Castle and gardens when paying a visit in mid April. Crathes lies about 13 miles west of where we live.
King Robert the Bruce in 1323 gifted the land to the Burnett of Leys family. At this time a wooden fortress structure known as a crannog was built.
It was not until 1553 that building of the current structure was started. Political problems whilst Mary Queen of Scots reigned caused delays to the construction. It was finally completed by Alexander Burnett of Leys in 1596.
The Castle was the ancestral home of the Burnetts for 400 years. It was gifted to the National trust for Scotland in 1951 by the 13th Baronet of Leys Sir James Burnett.
The Castle contains a large selection of portraits and is said to be haunted by the green lady, of which I have never been witness to.
Within the Castle estate of 540 acres is a 4acre walled garden. Within these walls are hedges of Irish Yew dating from 1702. For me the star attraction is the herbaceous borders which are absolutely amazing in Summer.
My April visit to Crathes has given me a number of pictures of Spring flowering plants which I will profile on my blog.
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