BUSH. An upright, columnar Barberry with bright golden foliage and red new growth. Bright orange-red fall foliage is stunning. Requires no pruning and is proven to be burn resistant. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 1.5 to 2 feet wide. Best used in shrub and perennial borders
The most stunning of all cordylines, Burgundy Spire™ stays 'fully dressed' to the bottom of its trunk - that is, the bottom leaves, stay on the plant.Tall and majestic like no other. Sometimes referred to as cabbage trees, Cordylines are small trees or palm-like evergreen shrubs, indigenous to Australia, New Zealand and the western Pacific region. Burgundy Spire™ is an upright tree growing to 9 feet with deep burgundy long, narrow leaves.
*Boxwood 'Dee Runk' is reportedly the nicest of the columnar boxwoods tolerating shade and clay soils. Total height of 8-10 ft tall can be sheared shorter. Max width about two feet. Advantage over other upright boxwoods is dense growth that won't flop open. Will fit nicely next to the porch stairs and in the corner by the garage.
Cottinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (Smoke Bush)... considered a tree but I grow it as a shrub, whacking it back hard each spring to keep the height lower and make it bush out. easily grows 7-8' tall in a season. glows purple with the sun behind it.
Laurel HedgeLaurel is the quickest growing evergreen shrub, so if you don't want a conifer hedge, Laurel is the quickest and cheapest way of creating an evergreen garden hedge. Laurels will also provide the most instant hedging as the taller sizes (4ft, 5ft and 6ft) are bushy and can often create an instant screen if planted close enough.