The Lawson Cypress Ellwoodii has a green - grey foliage with hints of silver which is very ornamental throughout winter. This dwarf conifer can be grown in a tub or in the borders, ideal for the Japanese garden or even rockeries.
Degroot's Spire is a very nice columnar form of Arborvitae with good, dark green foliage. It has rather short branches which are spirally arranged - foliage is unique when compared to most thuja varieties.
Thuja orientalis is a tough Chinese species and can tolerate dry conditions. It is hardy, easy to grow, compact and displays curious thread-like foliage. It is colored yellow and green from spring through fall, then evolves to a bronze orange in winter.