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Colorful foliage is a magical and incredible thing it’s almost as beautiful as flowers itself some leaves I would argue actually rival the beauty of certain flowers there are a lot of different types of colorful foliage out there and today we have picked 5 different ones for you to take a look at and decide whether they would work for you in your home and bring a little bit of color and sparkle to your life.
Coleus comes in a variety of colors they are smaller foliage and then they get bigger and bigger over time. You can snip and prune them to get them to branch off and create a bigger and bushier plant. They even come in black and they come in pink. They come in multicolored and pretty much every color scheme out there that you can possibly think of. One of these coleuses will work for you.
They are also very inexpensive as well you do not have to worry about spending copious amounts of money on your plants in order to bring that color into your home with these. You can get them in outdoor garden sections for just a couple of dollars. You can also find them indoors. They even have seeds of various colors that you can get for them as well.
The one caveat with these plants though is they need a lot of bright sunlight in order to keep those bright colors. If they don’t get enough light they will fade back. As long as you can provide them with good lighting they will produce beautiful foliage for you.
Begonia come in a variety of colors as well but get quite large they come in 8 different types of Begonia Subcategories. These range from terrarium Begonia to rhizomatous Rex Begonia. It just depends on how exactly you plan on bringing this color into your home but they are very versatile in the variety of species.
The foliage that they bring along with their colors can be fuzzy, it can be sparkly, or it can be mat. It just depends on what exactly you’re looking for. They also have a variety of pinks, reds, greens, blacks, and Silvers if that is your thing. It just depends on what is gonna work best in your home.
Majority of the time they do have pink stems and they are usually pretty fuzzy stemmed. Either way they make an amazing statement piece. They can also get very large and some of them do need higher humidity. Too much light or too little light will affect the coloration and how quick and how big they grow for you. So that can be something to play around with as well in your home.
A highly underrated plant species; they are very very brightly colored if you can get the Caperata variety. Usually, they come in Red Ripple and Orange Quito. They also have a Peperomia Pink Lady out there which gives a beautiful vibrant pink color if you give it enough light.
If you give these plants too much light though they will bleach out and they will not have as vibrant of color but if you give them just the right amount of light they can definitely give you some very bright beautiful colors.
If you are in a desert I definitely recommend keeping Peperomia inside a type of a cloche or some type of a terrarium setting. They are from the rainforests of Brazil so they definitely like their high humidity and their warmth. If you give them proper temperatures and you give them enough humidity they will keep that coloring and it will just get incredibly vibrant for you.
If you are in the Pacific Northwest or higher humidity area they shouldn’t need a terrarium. They will be happy to thrive and flourish in your natural environment. They like about 55% to 60% humidity. Very easy care plants and they do not need a lot of water or attention. They will just be happy to grow and make beautiful colored foliage for you.
One of my personal favorite; Calathea! They are these big beautiful very colorful foliage plants. And they get incredibly huge leaves if you give them just the right amount of light and you allow them to mature. They are fantastic plants!
This is another one that does enjoy that higher humidity so keep that in mind depending on your need and conditions. Leaves get huge on them and they come in a variety of colors.
The majority of them do have a colorful back on them so even if you get something with just green on the front they will usually have a red or purple back kind of peeking through. You can also get them in a whole bunch of different patterns and textures.
Calathea and Geoperttia are both known as prayer plants and used interchangeably throughout the plant communities. So if you don’t find a variety you like under the Calathea name you can check under the Geoperttia name. They are also known as prayer plants because they will fold their leaves up-and-down as if in prayer throughout the day.
They require a higher humidity. If you don’t give them a lot of water and you don’t give them a higher humidity they are going to suffer and they will be past magnets. However, they are absolutely gorgeous and absolutely worth it and if you are somebody who likes to over love your plants and give them a lot of water constantly all the time and give them a lot of love and attention these are the plants for you
And next up is the exact opposite of Calathea, known as Tradescantia. They come in a variety of colors as well. Instead of being a big bushy upright plant though they tend to trail or vine over.
They like to be hanging plants majority of the time. Also, they need an a lot of light want to be left alone. They want to dry out and they even glitter and sparkle for you. So you can get a whole bunch of different kinds of Tradescantia in a variety of colors and a lot of them will come with some type of glitter foliage on them.
For example: Tradescantia Zebrina comes with a bright silver stripe and bright pink foliage. It also has some green in there too making everything really come together and pop.
It is incredible to see. They do not need a lot of water and they do not want a lot of attention they just want to sit there and grow. The tops will become bare over time because they are a creeping plant. You just easily snip and put them right back on top and those will continue to grow to make more vines for you. It is by far the easiest form of propagation that I have ever seen.
This is far from an all encompassing list but hopefully it is enough to show you that there is a whole world of colorful foliage out there and you do not have to use flowers in order to bring in natural color.