Foundation Planting Combination with Handsome Foliage and Winter Flowers

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. 


Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Full Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun

Water Needs: Occasional, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Naturalistic, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Fall Color, Four Season Appeal, Harmonious Colors, Low Maintenance, Uses Easy-to-Find Plants, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Warm Colors, Winter Interest
Focus: Curb Appeal, Goofproof Maintenance, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Spring, Summer, Three Seasons of Interest, Winter, Year-round Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading



Plants In this Combo

Acer circinatum

Vine Maple

Type: Tree
Exposure: Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

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Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Gilt Edge'

Variegated Hybrid Elaeagnus

Type: Shrub
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

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Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'

Ivory Prince Lenten Rose

Type: Perennial
Exposure: Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy'

Twiggy Box Honeysuckle

Type: Shrub
Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
Zone: 7, 8, 9

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