One of the main misconceptions that is maintained in the garden is that green is never referred to as a colour, in fact when most people talk about colour, they always mean ‘other than green’.
Green is important in the garden; it can accentuate texture, define form and provide a backdrop against which other colour and features can perform. Most often the planted structure of a garden is green, and as such, is widely ignored. Variations in shades of green can highlight particular areas, whilst many green shrubs have striking autumn colour.
Particular late season highlights include all the varieties of Parthenocissus (Boston Ivys) which fade from lush green to vivid red, most if not all Hamamelis (Witch Hazels), and the underrated Fothergilla which can produce simply stunning hues. Bright green plants such as Euphorbia Polychroma ‘Major’ can look intensely fresh for a good part of the season, which is a desirable quality to have in the garden.