Sunday, April 17, 2016

Variegated Foliage | Add Light Foliage to Your Garden



Variegation is the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive and ornamental and gardeners tend to preserve these.


Euphorbia  'Ascot Rainbow'

Mediterranean Spurge

Euphorbia  'Characias' 

Variegated Solomon's Seal

Polygonatum falcatum 'Variegatum'

Tasman Flax Lily

Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'

Xanthorrhoeaceae Family

Variegated Flax Lily (Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata')
Mexican Sage, Purple Basil, Holly, Autumn Sedum, Louisiana Iris

Liriope, Ribbon Grass

Liriope spicata  'Silver Dragon' 

Variegated Greater Periwinkle

Vinca  major  'Variegata'

Apocynaceae FamilyVariegated greater periwinkle (Vinca major 'Variegata')

Charlotte's Blush Variegated Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica  'Charlotte's Blush'


Aegopodium podagraria

The variegated form is grown as an ornamental plant, throughout the mid-west. It is considered invasive but is used by homeowners to add a  "groundcover type plant" to areas difficult to populate or dark areas underneath trees.

Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'

Shell ginger is a very striking ginger. The plants cannot tolerate hard freezes. It is a high contrast specimen in nearly any planting combination because of the bright yellow color in the variegated foliage.

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