In gardening, there are trends which become popular for both hobbyist and true-blue gardeners. Variegated foliage has become a huge hit. Gorgeous blooms have always been an ‘in’ thing in gardening no matter what the season is. But when it comes to variegated foliage, most homeowners do not get overly excited about the thought of having a garden that’s ‘all leaves’. Here, we will take a look at the different characteristics of variegated foliage and dish out a few tips on how to care for them.
Characteristics of Variegated Foliage
First, what exactly does variegated foliage mean? To give you more of an idea, here are its many characteristics:
Variegated foliage is a type of plant which grows in different colors
One example of variegated foliage is Camouflage Grape Petunias. These have purple flowers, but what makes the flora variegated is its green-and-white leaves. Even without the flower, your garden will look great when you have a bunch of these planted on beautiful pots or right on the ground. There are some plant species under the variegated foliage category which has multiple colors on the same leaf, while others have just two. Depending on the variation of the leaf colors, the foliage could take on a splotched, striped or edge appearance. This has become a huge trend in gardening because of the dynamic characteristic that a garden takes on with this kind of plants.
There are some plants which produce variegated foliage naturally, while others can be bred to produce special foliage colors via a nursery
In tropical countries, you will see lots of variegated foliage with yellow, green, purple and a rainbow of colors on the leaves. These are plants which produce variegated foliage naturally. On the other hand, there are plants which produce special colors via nursery – so they’re more or less garden-bred. Hostas is an example of a naturally variegated foliage. There are many types of trees, grasses, flowering plants and shrubs that can be bred to have variegated foliage.
Other characteristics of variegated foliage
What’s good about growing variegated foliage is that they can thrive in moist, cool environments – and hot, dry climates. If you would like to grow variegated foliage right on the interior of your home, for instance, you can buy philodendrons. These have gorgeous, multi-hued foliage which would look great no matter which theme it is that you chose for your interior décor.
To care for variegated foliage, simply choose plants which can be grown indoors or in your very own garden. For gardens, you can use plants with variegated foliage on a plant bed. Mix plant species to vary the colors that you see.
Also think about whether you want plants that bear flowers, or ones which simply give you a contrast of colors on the leaves. Finally, care for variegated foliage as you would the other plant species in your outdoor garden at home.