Variegated Plants are usually valued highly by Gardeners, as their sometimes unique appearance can add greatly to the aesthetic qualities of landscape design. In early Spring before most flowering plants are in bloom, Variegated Plants add a color diversity, giving a garden a broader array of shades than a uniform green.
Variegation occurs in plants for several reasons, all of which produce similar results. Plants are marked by different colors or shades of the same color mostly on leaves resulting in a depth of visual effect. This is caused in some plants by a lack of Chlorophyll in certain parts of the leaf, or a visual effect because of an air layer under the leaf skin present in the reflection of light.
Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium Niponicum) – These are tall and wide ferns that range in color from pewter to reddish, or bluish. These are very hardy and cold resistant.
Variegated Algerian Ivy (Hedera Algeriensis) – These plants produce glossy green 4 to 5 inch leaves with white or cream colored margins. These plants are climbers, and grow at a moderately quick rate.
Meadow Beauty (Rhexia Virginica) – These are extremely beautiful. 12 inch tall plants with dark green leaves, they produce violet colored flowers. These are native to the United States and very adaptable.
Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis Fruticosa) – These 30 inch tall plants are hardy and easy to grow. They have dense green leaves and produce a significant number of pretty yellow flowers.
Traub’s Surprise Lily (Lycoris Traubii) – Originally from Taiwan, this Lily grows to 18 inches in height. When blooming, about 5 wide golden or orange flowers appear.
Poet’s Laurel ( Danae Racemosa) – With beautiful dark green waxy leaves, these plants grow to 36 inches tall. The Poet’s Laurel produces dime – sized red to orange colored berries in fall.
Canna “Intrigue” (Canna Lily) – The Canna Lily have purple-grey pointed leaves that grow up to 6 feet in height, taking an aggressive vertical posture. It flowers late, and produces orange to red colored flowers.
Bears Breech (Acanthus Balcanicus) – Bears Breech gives the appearance of an exotic tropical plant. These have a 36 inch tall spike with white, pink, and purple heads.
Spider Plant (Chlorophtum Comosum) – The Spider Plant has long grass like spikes and is very easy to grow. The spikes are accented by a white border with a green leaf in the middle.
African Spear (Sansevieria Cylindrica Patula) – This Plant has tall round spikes that grow to about 24 inches. The African Spear prefers dry soil, and the spikes are about the shades of green on a watermelon skin.
There are literally hundred of varieties of Variegated Plants designed to thrive in every growth zone. Given the massive numbers of possibilities, it may be best to spend a fair amount of time coordinating which plants and color schemes may work best together.