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The power of varied / variegated foliage

Posted by purpleinopp 8b AL (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 14, 11 at 12:08

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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RE: The power of varied / variegated foliage

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

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RE: The power of varied / variegated foliage

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


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RE: The power of varied / variegated foliage

Went crazy with it this year!


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Wash tub "planters."


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RE: The power of varied / variegated foliage

Caladiums!


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RE: The power of varied / variegated foliage

This area was grass until spring '11.


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Shady edge of "veggie patch."


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


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RE: The power of varied / variegated foliage

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


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