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More Fabulous Foliage

There is an endless array of plants that can be added to the garden for their foliage texture and color. The following list will help to get you started in adding drama to the garden with plants that have fabulous foliage. Add to this list when you are out visiting gardens and looking at plants for what they can offer beyond flowers.

Tender Plants with Colorful or Interesting Foliage

  • Lotus Vine
    Lotus berthelotii
  • Potato Vine
    Solanum jasminoides
  • Honeybush
    Melianthus sp.
  • Gray Santolina
    Santolina chamaecyparissus
  • Golden Dew Drop
    Duranta erecta
  • Cigar Flower
    Cuphea ignea
  • Coral Tree
    Erythrina variegata
  • Copperleaf
    Acalypha widesiana
  • Pineapple Lily
    Eucomis bicolor
  • Cardoon
    Cynara cardunculatus

Hardy Trees and Shrubs with Interesting or Colorful Foliage

  • Buckeye
    Aesculus x carnea ‘O’neil Red’
  • Variegated Norway Maple
    Acer platanoides ‘Variegatum’
  • Royalty Crab
    Malus ‘Royalty’
  • Smokebush
    Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’
  • Spirea
    Spriea x ‘Gold Mound’
  • Weigela
    Weigel florida ‘Variegata’
  • San Zam Chinese Dogwood
    Cornus kousa ‘Sanzam’

Hardy Perennials with Colorful Foliage

  • Hosta
    Hosta sp.
  • Coral Bells
    Heuchera sp.
  • Iris
    Iris pallida
  • Carpet Bugle
    Ajuga reptans
  • Yarrow
    Achillea sp.
  • Spotted Deadnettle
    Lamium maculatum
  • Chameleon Plant
    Houttuynia cordata
  • Bluebeard
    Caryopteris x clandonensis
  • Jacob’s Ladder
    Polemonium sp.
  • Yellow Archangle
    Lamiastrum galeobdolon
  • Comfrey
    Symphytum grandiflorum
  • Chinese Silver Grass
    Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’
  • Porcupine Grass
    Miscanthus ‘Strictus’
  • Japanese Hakonechloa
    Hakonechloa macra ‘Aereola’
  • Blue Oat Grass
    Helictotrichon sempervirena
  • Blue Switchgrass
    Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
  • Viola
    Viola cornuta ‘Fiji Dawn’

Annuals with Colorful Foliage

  • Coleus
    Solenostemon scutellarioides
  • Polka Dot Plant
    Hypoestes sanguinolenta
  • Summer Poinsettia
    Amaranthus sp.
  • Cockscomb
    Celosia argentea
  • Silver Dollar Plant
    Eucalyptus cinerea
  • Dusty Miller
    Sencio cineraria