I'd like to install an evergreen tapestry hedge in my zone 6/7 garden. I would prefer to include a green, a gold, and a red or purple shrub at minimum, if possible. For the green I will use Emerald Green Arborvitae. I'm looking for ideas for the other two (or more) shrub types. The Hedge needs to get to at least 8 - 10 feet in height in order to create privacy. Anyone, anyone?
... I guess I might also want something blue/grey. :~)
I don't know how these plants would react to sheering into a hedge, but here goes some colors:
Red: Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark) "Diablo" or "Summer Wine"
Prunus cerotina (Cistina plum or sand cherry)
Weigela florida "Wine and Roses"
Berberis thunbergii (numerous cultivars)
Sambucus nigra "Black Beauty"
Gold: Sambucus racemosa "Sutherland's Gold"
Berberis thunbergii (a couple of cultivars)
Gray: Lonicera prolifera (probably vining, could be used to twine within the hedge)
Some of the other honeysuckles are kind of gray: L. sempervirens and L. x heckrottii.
If you are going for an English look, you might decide to go all in and use European Beech cultivars. They come in all shapes and colors and make great hedges. A bit hard to find though, and slow growing.
The best hedgers of the above, I would guess, would be the barberries, the ninebark, and the elderberries. Barberries are invasive in some areas, so you might want to check that out. Eleagnus species tend to have silver-ish foliage. Most are horrible weeds, but there might be a species or two that are not. I don't know. The vines growing within the hedge might provide additional color, but they might also look like they don't belong there.
Thanks, Scott. I'll have to sit down and do my homework - I appreciate your list. I know that I do not want invasives and we want it to get at least 12 - 15 ft. high as it will be installed for privacy; houses are situated very close together here. I still haven't found my photos, but will continue searching.
I love Elaeagnus ebbingei 'Limelight' with its silvery young shoots and pale yellow variegation in attractively large splashes. It has wonderfully scented flowers in the autumn and will get to the height you are looking for. Also it's evergreen.
As is Lonicers nitida 'Baggesen's Gold', with tiny golden leaves.
Photinia fraseri 'Red Robin'