It is a hosta, one of the most popular plants appreciated by gardeners for its ornamental foliage. Hosts are very different, dwarf and quite high – up to 1.5 meters. They differ in both the color of the leaves and their shape. To create a decorative flower bed, it is often enough to take just a few hosts of different varieties, for example, “Beatrice” and “Blue Lagoon”. Hosta blooms, but modestly, its main decoration is very noticeable foliage. This plant is unpretentious, can grow under trees, so it is an excellent choice for beginner gardeners..
Coleus. Bright, with a variety of varieties. This plant is often grown as an indoor plant, but it can decorate any corner of the garden. For example, the coleus “Blume”, one of the most popular species, is a perennial, reaching a height of one meter in a garden. Coleus can be grown from seeds, there are also undersized varieties. For the winter, the plant should be transplanted into a pot and taken into the house to keep it from frost.
Heicher. Check out this variety of curly leaves! Heuchera is considered the chameleon of the plant kingdom for such a large selection of flowers. It is important to choose a semi-shaded place for the geychera, where the sun is only in the morning or in the evening. The color of the leaves will depend on the choice of the site, this is important! This plant originally grew in mountainous areas, therefore it is very unpretentious to the soil and other conditions. Heuchera leaves should not be cut off before the beginning of winter, the plant reproduces by rooting side cuttings or dividing a bush, which will have to be dug up and transplanted.
Loose mint. This plant will allow you to create a real carpet of small yellow leaves, which will not exceed five centimeters in height. On flower beds, the loosestrife will look especially bright together with taller decorative-leaved plants, for example, with the same coleus. The loosestrife forms a dense carpet in an open and lighted place, although it also grows in partial shade. The disadvantages of the coin loosestrife include the need to water it often enough, since it does not tolerate drought well.
Caladium. Popular names – “Christ’s heart” and “Elephant ears”. Like Coleus, it is often found in homes, but it feels great in the garden, striking in a variety of shapes and shades. Caladium will actively grow in the garden from late spring to autumn. When the bright ornamental leaves began to fall off, it’s time to hide the plant in a pantry or other shaded place for the winter, but even during this period it will have to be watered periodically in order to plant it again in the spring. Caladium can be propagated by cutting the tuber, it is important to ensure that an eye remains on each piece..
Irezine. Another striking representative of usually indoor plants that can transform your flower bed. Very popular irezine “Lindela”, in which burgundy leaves are cut with bright crimson veins. The bright midday sun does not like irezine, watering requires moderate, top dressing is possible, but not necessary. For the winter, the ornamental plant will have to be transferred to the house in order to preserve.
Hypoesthesia. Differs in spotted leaves, which can be of various colors. Bright combinations are immediately striking, you can make a flower bed from various types of hypoesthesia. It is better to choose a brightly lit area, the plant tolerates a short-term drought, but in the heat it is better to water it regularly. In the garden, hypoesthesia will act as an annual plant, in order to preserve it, you will also have to transfer it into the house, rejuvenate, tearing off last year’s shoots, and fertilize.
Perilla. If you can’t find this plant by its official name, try using folk ones – shiso leaves or Japanese parsley. The plant has nothing to do with our parsley, both edible and industrial oils are made from its seeds, the leaves can be used for food, they will taste like basil and mint. But mostly perilla is grown for decorative purposes. Her foliage can be spotty, greenish, red. For conspicuous red leaves, choose the Japanese variety Akishiso. The plant is unpretentious, it can be propagated by seeds, combining the decorative effect and obtaining exotic and healthy greenery.
All the plants indicated by us bloom, we admit, nondescript. It is the foliage that is their main decoration, thanks to which they, along with ornamental shrubs, have every right to take their place in your garden..