Dryopteris affinis Cristata (Golden Male fern)
Tall, 'shuttlecock' clumps of deep green fronds with cresting at leaflet tips, appearing more golden when young. Deciduous to semi-evergreen. Ht.90cm.(3ft.). Grow in part shade and humus-rich, moist soil. Good for moist, shady borders, woodland areas or containers.
Ilex aquifolium Silver Queen
- Usually Flowers : April, May
Evergreen, dense male shrub with spiny leaves which are pink when young and mature dark green to almost black with a broad cream edge, on purple stems. Ht.5mt.(15ft.). Grows in full sun on moist, well-drained soil. Very good as a hedging plant, for screens, or as a specimen plant. Can be grown in coastal regions.
Luma (Myrtus) apiculata Glanleam Gold (Variegated Myrtle)
- Usually Flowers : July, August, September
Upright, bushy, evergreen shrub with peeling, reddish-brown and creamy-white bark, bearing aromatic, glossy, dark green leaves with creamy-yellow margins that are pink-tinged when young. Ht.4mt.(12ft.). Small white flowers produced from July to September giving rise to round, purple-black fruit autumn and winter. Frost tender. Best in full sun or partial shade on well-drained soil, with shelter from cold winds. Good in containers.