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Gold Rider Leyland Cypress - Cupressus leylandii 'Gold Rider'. Considered one of the best golden conifers. Its open, horizontal branching structure is covered with dense, bright gold-tipped needle-like sprays, contrasting with lime green interior foliage. A single plant makes a bright focal point in the garden, or plant en masse as an eye-catching hedge. Suitable for shearing to provide a more formal appearance. Best in well-drained soil. Upright grower to 35 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.

from Better Homes and Gardens

Colorful Shrubs for Your Garden

Variegated False Holly. Variegated false holly is an evergreen shrub that offers rich green, holly-shaped leaves. They emerge reddish-pink and then fade to show cream, white, gray, and yellow spotting. It's a slow grower for sunny spots. Size: To 4 feet tall, 5 feet wide Zones: 7-9


Lovely blue Podocarpus makes a great focal point in this Tuscan-inspired garden. Love the use of foliage color to create year-round, low-care interest. By Roger's Gardens Landscape.