Do you love or hate variegated foliage?

Do you love or hate variegated foliage?

Variegated foliage in plants is a subject that elicits strong opinions from both plant enthusiasts and casual gardeners. Some people love the unique and eye-catching appearance that variegated foliage adds to a garden, while others dislike it for various reasons.

Why I have come to love Variegated Foliage
One of the main reasons why people love variegated foliage is its visual appeal. The various patterns and colours on the leaves can add an interesting element to a garden, creating striking contrasts and adding visual interest. Variegated foliage can also brighten up shady areas and add a pop of colour to monochromatic landscapes. Variegated plants can be used to create stunning focal points and to draw attention to certain areas of the garden. They are also a great addition to the garden as they have an ability to add texture and depth to a garden. The different leaf patterns and colours can create a sense of movement and rhythm, making the garden more dynamic and visually engaging.

Why do people dislike variegated foliage?
Some people feel that the patterns and colours can be too garish or distracting and that they clash with other elements in the garden.  A green leaf with yellow or white variegation can sometime make the plants look like they are unhealthy or anemic to the untrained eye.  I have also found some gardeners

think the variegated foliage is that some varieties may be less hardy or vigorous than their non-variegated counterparts, making them more challenging to grow and maintain. This may be true with some species but definitely not all species.

Despite these concerns, variegated foliage remains a popular choice for many gardeners, and there is a wide variety of variegated plants available to suit different styles and preferences. Ultimately, whether you love or hate variegated foliage comes down to personal taste and the specific needs of your garden. As with any design choice, it’s important to consider the overall aesthetic of your garden and choose plants that complement rather than detract from the overall design.

If you do decide to incorporate variegated foliage into your garden, it’s important to consider the specific growing conditions and care requirements of the plants you choose. Always select plants that are well-suited to your garden’s environment. Additionally, consider the overall design of your garden and how variegated foliage can be used to create balance and visual interest. With thoughtful planning and consideration, variegated foliage can be a beautiful addition to your garden. Remember, the key is to find a balance that works for your particular space and personal preferences.

Some of my favourite variegated plants
Pittosporum “Hole In One”
All the Hostas in any type of variegation 
Canna “Tropicanna”
All of the any variegated leaf Geraniums
Variegated Liriopes 
Miscanthus Zebrinus
The Rex Begonias 

Glenice Buck