Landscape and garden tips for the properties you manage from Crabapple LandscapExperts.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Variegated Foliage Enlivens Shady Areas
Crabapple LandscapExperts know that variegated plants are essential for the creative landscape. One great way that we brighten up shady spots in the landscapes we maintain is with the use of plants with colorful variegated leaves.
Added-value landscapes depend on four-season plants that yield attractive gardens year round. The days are long past when a shrub or perennial bloomed for two weeks and then moved backstage until the following year.
Variegated plants are the refreshing cutting edge of contemporary horticulture, with their colorful edgings, veinings, splashes, marbling, mottling, all adding to the landscape color palette.
Regardless of whether or not variegated shrubs or perennials have flowers, their patterned leaves provide interest and enliven dark spots for months at a time, particularly in the case of broad-leaved evergreens. Residents love the colorful foliage so much the flowers don’t matter!
Whether large scale as with a variegated tree or small scale as with a colorful groundcover up close and personal, variegated foliage is the winning way to add long-term color.