Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:02
Bit early to get thinking cap on yet dove but it sounds exciting.
Midwinter fire is, for me, weak and disappointing and prone to die back. Prefer elegantissima and aurea.
How about a couple of heleniums in your bronze/gold bed? Height, long flowering and vigorous.
Spireas like goldflame would add solid shape and colour (orange with red tips in spring and again during the summer if clipped back) Photinia little robin is a nice looking shrub with.....I think....less leaf problems than its bigger cousins and good red leaf colour on smaller leaves
Echinaceas like tiki torch (orange) sunset (red) marmalade (double orange) etc too.
For a blue element at the front of the border...amd inmthe sunniest poss spot....linum perenne provides glaucous waving foliage and delightful pale blue flowers.....great near that orange spirea (?)
For another yellow/orange evergreen "shape" how about Taxus Coppershine? Easy adaptable plant. Mid spring produces orange foliage with brighter oratips new growth. Foliage changes throughout the year.