One of the best things about garden foliage plants is that they provide interest in the garden even when flowers are not in bloom. Foliage plants come in a wide variety of colors, textures, and shapes, so it’s easy to find one (or more!) that will complement your garden style. Here are seven of our favorite foliage plants to help you add some year-round interest to your garden.
Japanese Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) is an evergreen groundcover with dark green, glossy leaves. It spreads quickly and is ideal for covering large areas of ground. Plant in partial to full shade in well-drained soil.
Creeping Liriope (Lirope Spicata) is a grassy groundcover with strap-like leaves. It tolerates sun and shade and produces blue flowers in summer. Plant in well-drained soil.
Artemisia is a genus of aromatic herbs and shrubs that includes both annuals and perennials. Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ is a fast-growing perennial with silver foliage that makes it a good choice for covering large areas of ground. It tolerates poor soil and full sun but does not like wet feet.
Wall Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) is a low-growing evergreen shrub with dense, furry gray leaves. It prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. Plant in well-drained soil.Water regularly during the first growing season to establish roots; once established, Wall Germander is drought tolerant.
Tricolor Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’) – This beautiful sage has green, white, and pink leaves that make a stunning addition to any garden. It’s also heat- and drought-tolerant, making it a great choice for gardens in warm climates.
Hostas are classic shade-loving plants that come in a wide range of colors and sizes. They’re perfect for adding some green to a shady corner of your garden. Just be sure to keep an eye out for snails and slugs, which love to munch on hosta leaves!
Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta)
Elephant ear is a dramatic tropical plant that adds instant depth and texture to your garden. It’s perfect for filling in empty spaces or for creating a Tropical feel. Just be sure to give it plenty of room to spread out – elephant ear can get quite large!
Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus)
Papyrus is the perfect plant if you’re looking to add a bit of height to your garden. It grows tall slender stalks topped with spiky tufts of greenery. Papyrus is also quite drought-tolerant, making it a good choice for gardens in arid climates.
Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides)
Coleus is another plant that comes in a wide range of colors and makes a great accent plant. Coleus does best in partial shade but can tolerate full sun if given enough water. Be sure not to overwater coleus, as too much water can cause the leaves to rot.
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra)
Japanese forest grass is a low-growing grass that makes a beautiful groundcover or accent plant. It’s perfect for adding some movement and gentle color to your garden. Japanese forest grass comes in several different colors, including green, gold, and red.
Foamy Bells (x Heucherella) is a hybrid between Heuchera and Tiarella. It has airy, foaming foliage that comes in a variety of colors including green, bronze, purple, and red. Foamy Bells prefers partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
Foliage plants are a great way to add some year-round interest to your garden. From brightly colored leaves to textured foliage, there’s bound to be a plant on this list that will complement your garden style. So get out there and start shopping for some new foliage plants! Your garden will thank you for it.