A collection of easy-to-grow plants that share a hearty constitution are the basis of this handsome foundation plant combination. The duo of evergreen shrubs with complementary foliage texture and color provide a year-round frame for the other plants. The larger, gold-edged leaves of Elaeagnus 'Gilt Edge' speak to the finely-textured yellow foliage of the low-growing box honeysuckle, Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy'. Position the Elaeagnus where you need to create a backdrop or screen for privacy. The lower-growing box honeysuckle can massed at its feet and cover the ground around the base of the vine maple. In fall, the native vine maple puts on a reliable show of color—often in red to orange; sometime in shades of yellow. In winter, the lenton rose is covered with apple-green blooms. They're the smallest plant in this vignette and would be most effective en masse along the front edge(s).
Implement this combination as-is to add curb appeal to your front yard with a super easy-care vignette that doesn't sacrifice good looks. Or you could easily supplement this combo with a few additional plants to round it out and provide summertime color. For example, Geranium 'Gerwat' Rozanne or a similar variety of hardy geranium, would be a nice addition.
Exposure: Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade, Full Sun
Water Needs: Regular / Even, Occasional
City and Courtyard,
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Four Season Appeal, Harmonious Colors, Low Maintenance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Warm Colors, Winter Interest, Fall Color, Uses Easy-to-Find Plants
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Goofproof Maintenance, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading