Variegated plants have part of the normal green portion of the plant leaf being replaced by white, cream, yellow, or occasionally other colors. How cool is that!
As a design element, variegated plants are often used as the center of attention or as a focal point in the landscape to lighten up a normally dark space.
Plants with bold variegation seem to scream for attention in the garden, hence their use as accent plants. As with all brightly variegated plants, they show off best when contrasted against a dark background. Whether planted against a mostly green hedge, or a larger backdrop of deciduous trees, some background is needed to properly display variegated trees, shrubs and perennials.
Here’s a new image of our 2017 introduction, Asarum ichangense ‘Silver Lining‘ in the garden this week. Our 17 year old patch is nearing 3’ wide…pretty special in the woodland garden. Hardiness is Zone 5b-8a, at least.
Here’s another new elephant ear we’re thinking about introducing, but we’d love to hear your thoughts. Mature height is 3-4′ and it does spread among other plants. We are calling it Colocasia ‘Smiley Face’. This is an unidentified species, probably from North Vietnam, that has been hardy for us for over a decade. Thoughts?
Evergreen (and evergold) perennials are a great addition to your garden. They add texture, color, and form during the winter months when many perennials go dormant. Carex ‘Everillo’ not only adds texture and form with its thin leaves and weeping habit, but it also brightens woodland or lightly shaded garden with its bright gold color. Everillo also works well in planters paired with seasonal color such as pansies.
Carex Everillo’s bright gold foliage paired with Agave
Carex ‘Everillo’ holds its color brightest with some morning sun and pairs nicely with blue agaves and other plants with colorful foliage.
Carex Everillo’s bright gold foliage brightens the winter garden
Here is a picture of Carex ‘Everillo’ in our sales house ready to ship to you. We have extended our shipping until December 9, and you can also pick up at the Nursery, so you still have a chance to light up your garden or mixed planters for the holidays.
Carex ‘Everillo’ in our sales house – ready to ship to you
Here’s an image we just snapped of one of the craziest canna lilies we grow…Canna ‘Cleopatra’. The purple and green random leaf patterns (chimeras) are stably unstable. When the color splits the leaf, the same thing happens on the flower stalk. Flowers on the purple side of the stalk are red, and those arising from the green side of the stalk are yellow with red spots. Canna ‘Cleopatra’ is sure to evoke lots of comments in the garden.
Astilbe chinensis ‘Amber Moon’ is looking fabulous today! Who cares if it ever flowers…I’d grow it for the foliage. Because it’s an Astilbe chinensis, it’s tolerant of our summer heat and humidity…a great Darrell Probst introduction.