x-Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'
Osmanthus, are compact, slow growing evergreen shrubs, prized for their interesting leaf shape and colour and 'Goshiki' is no exception. Its prickly, pale green foliage is marbled with cream, but young leaves are also flecked with a charming pinky bronze.
With all of these leaf colours clothing the plant at once, 'Goshiki' makes a striking specimen in the winter garden, when all the colour and blousy performance of summer is over.
Coming into its own, it makes a great specimen planted to the front of the border but will also fare well in containers, on its own or as a central feature to seasonal pots.
'Goshiki' also has small, but fragrant, tubular flowers in late autumn and early winter, followed by inky black berries. It is a small shrub with much to bring to the garden.
Happy in full sun or dappled shade and fertile, well drained soil, osmanthus makes a great compact alternative to true holly. It needs little pruning but it can be clipped – just take care not to snip out any of the sweetly scented flowers if you do.