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Choose Plants For Their Colorful Foliage to Create Curb Appeal

Beautifully colored landscape with not a flower in sight.

Beautifully colored landscape with not a flower in sight.

Make Your Yard More Interesting!

If you want to make your yard more visually interesting, more appealing and dynamic, try adding some colorful foliage, which can also be used to create contrast.

There are many plants that are grown for their colorful foliage, including:

  • Caladium: Caladium plants are known for their large, colorful leaves that come in shades of red, pink, white and green with various patterns.
  • Coleus: This plant is beloved by gardeners for its brightly colored leaves that come in shades of red, pink, yellow and purple.
  • Alternanthera: This plant is known for its brightly colored leaves that come in shades of red, pink and purple.
  • Oxalis: This plant has leaves that are typically green, but can come in shades of purple, pink or red.
  • Hostas: One of the best things about Hostas is that they grow in the shade and come in so many different colors and varieties.

Clicking on the name of the above plants will take you to reputable sites that offer complete growing information, although I've included in this article some information on the ones with which I am the most familiar.

Caladium Plants Provide Plenty of Color

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Growing Caladiums

Caladium plants are tropical perennials that are popular with gardeners and landscapers because of their large, colorful leaves. They are native to Central and South America and are commonly grown as ornamental plants in gardens and as indoor houseplants. They require warm temperatures and plenty of moisture to thrive and can be propagated from tubers or seeds.

There are many different varieties of Caladium with leaf colors such as red, pink, white, and green with various patterns.

Growing Caladiums as Annuals

Caladiums are typically grown as annuals in areas with cool climates and are hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 and above. In zone 9, it is better to grow caladiums as annuals or as container plants that you can bring indoors for the winter. They are frost-sensitive and will not survive freezing temperatures.

Growing Caladiums as Perennials

In warmer climates, such as Zone 10 and above, Caladiums can be grown as perennials. They will go dormant in the winter, but the tubers will survive and send up new growth in the spring. If you live in a climate that is too cold for caladiums, you can still grow them as container plants and bring them indoors when the temperatures drop.

Ideal Growing Conditions

The ideal growing conditions for Caladiums are warm, humid environments with well-draining soil and partial shade. They need to be protected from direct sun and strong winds.

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Endless Selection of Coleus and Hosta Colors

The only problem I've ever had with coleus is trying to decide which ones to buy.  There is a seemingly endless selection that can create contrast and focal points, drawing the eye to certain areas of the landscape.

The only problem I've ever had with coleus is trying to decide which ones to buy. There is a seemingly endless selection that can create contrast and focal points, drawing the eye to certain areas of the landscape.

Hostas rival coleus plants when it comes to a large variety of colors.

Hostas rival coleus plants when it comes to a large variety of colors.

The Versatile Coleus Plant

Coleus is a very versatile plant that can be used in a variety of settings, from borders to containers to hanging baskets. With its colorful foliage, it can add interest to any landscape, and is especially useful for adding color to shady areas.

Coleus is typically grown as an annual plant in most climates, but it can be grown as a perennial in warm climates.

Coleus is hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10 and above. In Zone 10, it can survive mild winters and will come back year after year. In colder climates, Coleus will not survive the winter and will need to be replanted in the spring.

In zones below zone 10, Coleus is grown as an annual, it can be planted in the spring after the last frost, and it will grow and flower through the summer and fall. In colder regions it can be grown as a container plant and brought indoors in the fall, or grown as an annual plant and replanted in the spring.

Coleus plants are not frost-tolerant and will not survive freezing temperatures. They prefer warm temperatures and can tolerate temperatures as high as 90° Fahrenheit.

Coleus is also a shade loving plant, they prefer partial shade to full shade, but can tolerate some direct sun if the soil is kept consistently moist.

Hostas are known for their tolerance to shade and drought, making them a great option for gardens with limited sunlight. They also come in a wide range of sizes and leaf colors, making them a versatile addition to any garden. With its large foliage, it can make a great ground cover, and it's also suitable for planting in pots or containers.

Hostas are popular perennial plants that are grown for their large, colorful leaves and delicate flowers. They are hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3-9, and are easy to grow and care for.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2023 Mike and Dorothy McKenney

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