Now don’t get me wrong I love flowers as much as the next gardener. But let’s face it some perennials have such a short bloom cycle or the flower is just an afterthought. For example this Heucera “Plum Pudding” has burgundy foliage with a silver marbled finish. The flower themselves are delicate and nothing special. I’m just more interested in the foliage itself.
How about this Lirope Muscari “Variegata”. I prefer this to the common Lirope, because it isn’t invasive. The leaf edges are lined with cream. Now the flowers on this plant are a lovely lilac shade, but the rest of the season you still have something interesting in your garden.
I’ve had this burgundy Canna in my yard for years. This was a pass-a-long plant from my Grandmother’s neighbor. Unfortunately I don’t know the name, but I find the foliage striking. When they first open the inner part of the leaves are green with burgundy veining. It is a nice contrast to many plants. The flowers are spikes of red. This plant is very prolific in my garden and I don’t dig it up in the fall. It comes back every year.
Solomon’s Seal “Variegatum” is another favorite of mine for the shady parts of my garden. The stems are a bright red and the leaves have a cream margin. It bears tiny white bell-shaped flowers in the spring. The foliage lasts throughout the summer and looks great in floral arrangements. I bought this particular plant 5 yrs ago and it multiplies each year.
Last but not least is the Calla Lily (name unknown) that my neighbor gave me a piece of a few years ago. This plant has white and yellow speckles on the leaves. The flowers are white and bloom for quite a long time. I’ve planted this in part sun and full sun and it does well.