The power of varied / variegated foliage

Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, ALJuly 14, 2011

A neighbor knocked on my door recently to invite me to pick any of her figs that I wanted. As we were talking, I noticed she kept looking at my potted porch plants and new bed in the front yard. As she was leaving, she said, "Your flowers look beautiful!" The thing is, there's only a few petunias, a couple zinnias, and some tiny forget-me-nots blooming in the whole area.

The "flowers" are several different Caladiums, Tradescantia pallida (purple heart,) Strobilanthes (persian shield), light green sweet potato vine basket, Sansevieria, spider plants in hanging baskets, several Dracaenas, several Coleus with yellow leaves, and some with maroon leaves, bell peppers, tomato plants, and interestingly foliaged flowers that haven't bloomed yet: Datura, cosmos.

If the leaves are pretty enough, people "see beautiful flowers."

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marquest(z5 PA)

I agree. I get the same comments because I garden for foilage color flowers are second because they are fleeting. Leaves are always present.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 1:31AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Love that pic! The little guy "pulling the wagon" is really cute.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 9:30AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Went crazy with it this year!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:34AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Wash tub "planters."

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:35AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Caladiums!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:36AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

This area was grass until spring '11.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:38AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Shady edge of "veggie patch."

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:39AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Another new area with no actual blooms except a few Oxalis debilis and one red wax Begonia.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:41AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

For more about individual foliage plants, I wrote an article about them. Foliage article.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:44AM
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