Contrasting foliage color imparts a zesty vibe to this duo of easy to grow shrubs. The golden evergreen foliage of Crytomeria japonica 'Sekkan Sugi' will do the heavy lifting in terms of screening, so position it where you need all year coverage. The finely dissected, bronze-black foliage of Sambucus 'Black Lace' sheds its leaves in winter so won't provide an all-season barrier. In exchange, it offers abundant pink blooms in spring which are particularly striking against its black foliage. These two are good choices for a mixed hedge, or use them as the backdrop for an expanded vignette that adds complimentary plants to the scene, adding depth and interest to this planting scheme.
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average, Low
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Fabulous Foliage, Wildlife Friendly
Focus: Color Theme, Mixed Border, Privacy and Screening, Pleasing Seasonal Flow
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Maintenance Level: medium