Variegated shrubs can brighten up a dull or shady border and add interest in the garden when flowers are scarce. Avoid planting variegated shrubs next to each other or too close together. Instead, plant them among plain foliage plants where the leaf coloring will be hi-lighted and therefore better appreciated.
Carol Mackie Daphne (Daphne x burkwodii ‘Carol Mackie) – Semi-evergreen. Yellow leaf margins that mature to creamy-white. Part shade.
Dappled Willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’) – Deciduous. Emerging pink foliage matures to variegated creamy-white and green. Sun to part shade.
Emerald N Gold Euonymous (Euonymous fortune ‘Emerald n Gold’) – Evergreen. Rounded, olive-green leaves with bright yellow margins turn pinkish-burgundy in the winter. Sun to part shade.
Gold Dust Aucuba (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’) – Evergreen. Large, glossy, green foliage splattered with yellow. Part shade.
Variegated Boxwood (Buxus semperivrens ‘Elegantissima’) – Evergreen. Small, medium-green leaves creamy white to gold margins. Sun to part shade.
Variegated English Holly (Ilex aquifolium ‘Argenteo Mariginata’) – Evergreen. Dark, shiny green leaves with creamy-white margins. Sun to part shade.
Variegated Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Variegata’) – Deciduous. Large leaves with bright-white, uneven margins. Dappled sun with afternoon shade.
Variegated Japanese Kerria (Kerria japonica ‘Variegata’) – Deciduous. White edged narrow green leaves. Part shade to shade.
Variegated Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Variegata’) – Evergreen. Deep green leaves with a wide, white margin. Part shade.
Variegated Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima) – Deciduous. Leaves mottled and edged with white. Sun to part shade.
Variegated Wegelia (Wegelia florida ‘Variegata’) – Deciduous. Medium-green leaves broadly edged in creamy-white maturing to lime-green. Sun to part shade.
Variegated Yellow Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’) – Deciduous. Creamy-white wavy margins. Sun to part shade.
Variegated Winter Daphne (Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’) – Semi-evergreen. Gold-edged green leaves. Part Shade.