If you could grow any variegated form of a plant......
what would it be??
As a fan of variegated plants, I could certainly say that we've been blessed with a wide assortment of sports/mutations to satisfy our neverending search for the rare and unusual.
Of all the variegated plants I've had the pleasure of growing, hearing about or seeing in books, there are still some plants I wish would come in a variegated form!
I agree, in my designer frame of mind, that variegation can be too much if overused. There's also the fact that variegated forms tend to be unstable and a little less vigorous. However, as a collector, I often wonder how much of a hype a certain plant would create if we added "variegata" to its name.
What would you think if the following plants came in a variegated form?
*Cardiocrinum giganteum (basal leaves could rival the finest variegated Hostas)
*Rheum palmatum (a variegated form may actually exist...hmm)
*Viola- Parma Violets. Cream splashed leaves w/ fully double, fragrant flowers early spring. (Variegated Violas are on the market....I'm just waiting for my Parmas to throw out a sport!)
*Paeonia suffrutricosa- a variegated tree peony!!
*Arisaema candidissimum - other Jack-in-the-Pulpits have thrown out silver centers and such. Why not this species too?!
*Magnolia grandiflora. An immense tree with splashes of variegation may be too much, but a gold leaf form may make a spectacular tree