This plant first hit me straight in the breastbone when I was visiting  Baldock in Hertfordshire last year. Driving along the London Road to be precise and I had to stop the car, get out and get close to these beautiful plants. It was an immediate rush of thrill as my eyes took in the colours of the leaves and absolutely incredible seed pods which are vivid pink with an inner seed of bright orange.

Ever since I have discovered this plant I recommend it to client’s who I am developing new planting schemes for, because it is such a treasure of a plant. When planted in a south-west position, when the sun hits it, you shall have an incredible density of colour and a vibrancy of tone that works wonders with the other greens of the garden. There aren’t enough superlatives for this plant!


Botanical name:
 Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’
Other names: Spindle ‘Red Cascade’
Genus: Euonymus
Variety or cultivar: ‘Red Cascade’. ‘Red Cascade’ is a large, deciduous shrub with dark-green leaves turning bright pink/red in autumn. It bears small, yellow-green flowers in summer followed in autumn by bright rose-pink fruits which split to reveal orange seeds.
Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ is: Deciduous
Flower: Yellow-green in Summer
Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Bright-red in Autumn
Fruit: Orange, Bright-pink in Autumn
Habit: Spreading
Toxicity: All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

I love autumn and the abundance of berries and colours. During this time my ‘Plant of the week’ will feature an autumn treasure for you to think about planting in your own garden. If you would like to discuss a new planting scheme that includes, berries, coloured leaves and stems and perfume for all seasons, do please get in touch.

Remember, plants aren’t just interesting in the summer, they can be absolutely gorgeous in autumn, winter and spring too..

Happy gardening!