Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Wintercreeper
Emerald and Gold Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald & Gold') is an evergreen shrub with a mounding, slightly rambling, and sometimes climbing growth habit. The variety pictured bears deep green foliage rimmed with gold, and its sister variety 'Emerald Gaiety' has cool, cream and mint green leaves. Both varieties take on a rosy blush when the weather turns cool, giving them winter interest in addition to their incredible versatility and hardiness.
Reaching about two to three feet tall by three feet wide, wintercreeper adapts well to many different garden situations. If placed near a wall or trellis, its tendril-like new growth will wander upwards, attaching itself to whatever vertical objects are nearby. If left to stand alone, it can be sheared into a neat little hedge. In containers, it fills in beautifully around evergreens, and its red-hued foliage makes it a unique candidate for a holiday pot-up . Once established, it is drought tolerant, making it a wise choice for the California-conscious gardener.
It's Zella's pick-of-the-week because:
"It's easy to grow and the multi-colored foliage is a nice surprise in the winter."
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