Plants with colored foliage are those that have evolved multi-colored leaves or leaves that are not green on purpose.

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Plants With Colored Foliage

- I want a red one and a blue one and a yellow one

Here at Plant Delights Nursery, we have a huge online catalog of perennials and to make your shopping experience easier, we have created several mini-catalogs from it on various themes including, plants with colored foliage. This group is considered by some to be different from variegated plants in that by some people's definition, variegation does not include intentional genetic color variations such as stripes or spots and it does not include plants with a solid color leaf that is not green. Plants with colored foliage are those that have evolved multi-colored leaves or leaves that are not green on purpose. Plants with colored foliage are wonderful landscape design elements as they stand out really well against the back-drop of green-leaved plants all season long. Our mini-catalog of plants with colored foliage includes both variegated plants (due to mutations), plants with solid colored leaves that are not green, and plants with naturally occurring striped, speckled, or spotted leaves.

Plants With Solid Colored Foliage

Black Foliage - Highly ornamental, elegant and mysterious

See a full list of plants with black leaves.

Blue Foliage - Looks great in the shade and with white or yellow flowered plants

  • Agave
  • Dianthus
  • Hosta
  • Mangave

See a full list of plants with blue leaves.

Purple Foliage - Looks great in full sun

  • Ajuga (Bugleweed)
  • Athyrium (Japanese Painted Fern)
  • Canna
  • Colocasia

See a full list of plants with purple leaves.

Red (or Rose or Pinkish-red) Foliage - There are just a few red-leaved perennials. They are special plants for special spots. Some have red foliage year-round and others turn red in the fall.

  • Athyrium (Japanese Painted Fern)
  • Dryopteris
  • Epimedium
  • Heuchera

See a full list of plants with red leaves.

Orange (or Bronze or Copper or Peach) Foliage - Also fairly rare. These are unusual and really catch the eye

Silver (Gray) Foliage - Really brightens up a dark spot

  • Artemisia
  • Asarum
  • Brunnera (Bugloss)
  • Cyclamen

See a full list of plants with silver leaves.

Yellow (or Gold) Foliage - Very bright and looks great with purple flowered plants

  • Acorus
  • Ajuga
  • Carex
  • Liriope

See a full list of plants with yellow leaves.

Plants With Patches or Blotches of Colored Foliage - This includes plants with silver centered leaves.

Plants With Contrasting Colorful Foliage

Leaves with contrasting colors on the bottom of the leaf include:

Plants With Speckled Leaves

See our full list of plants with spotted leaves.