- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, preferably alkaline, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes No3 potting compost for container-grown plants)
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: October and November
- Hardiness: half hardy
Clusters of yellowish-green autumn flowers and small, lustrous, three to five-lobed, grey-green leaves with bold yellow margins. This versatile, variegated, evergreen climber is ideal as a houseplant or for covering a low wall. For use outdoors chose a sunny site sheltered from cold, drying winds with fertile, moist, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil.
- Garden care: Water regularly during the growing season. Plants may be pruned at any time of the year to keep within bounds.
- Harmful if eaten/may cause skin allergy
“You’ve probably got a spare terracotta planter or two languishing in the shed. Rather than wasting them select a winter-flowering shrub such as Sarcococca confusa to fragrance the air. Add an evergreen grass such as Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’, to add some spiky texture, an evergreen fern such as Polypodium vulgare and a trailing variegated ivy such as Hedera helix ‘Goldchild' and pop it by the front door to keep the spirit of the Green Man alive.”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer