Foliage Plants

  • Purple shamrock
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    What is a Shamrock and How do Your Grow Them?

    Shamrocks (Oxalis spp. and cvs., Zones 3–11), also known as wood sorrels, are beloved annual and perennial plants known for their distinctive foliage that resembles clover (Trifolium spp.). Shamrock leaves…

  • shrub covered in pink flowers in a sea of green foliage
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    Linda’s West Vancouver Garden

    My name is Linda Corinaldi. This is my second year sending my photos to you (previous post is here: Putting Down Roots, at Last). In a normal year here in…

  • front yard with no lawn
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    Gardening Through Challenges

    Today we’re in Cincinnati, Ohio, visiting with Erin Houlihan. This garden has developed over 34 years in a very small urban lot. It has evolved from challenges, and it is…

  • shade garden with a begonia in a pot
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    Nancy’s Boston Garden

    Today we’re visiting Nancy Kressin’s garden. I have been building my garden in the Boston neighborhood of West Roxbury for 24 years, with the simultaneous goals of collecting as many…

  • Sun King aralia in a garden
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    ‘Sun King’ Aralia Is Perennial Royalty for Midwest Gardens

    I’m a huge fan of ‘Sun King’ aralia (Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, Zones 3–8) and wasn’t surprised when it was selected as the 2020 Perennial Plant of the Year by…

  • Delavay’s schefflera
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    Delavay’s Schefflera for the Southeast

    When I give tours of the State Botanical Garden of Tennessee in Knoxville, I always make a stop at our Delavay’s schefflera (Schefflera delavayi, Zones 7–11). “Who knows the houseplant…

  • garden path with lots of foliage plants on either side
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    Summer in Eric’s Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Eric Sternfels. We’ve visited his garden before (Big Garden Small Space, Part 1), and it is always a beautiful pleasure. I thought I might submit more…

  • ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ elephant’s ear
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    Add Tropical Flair to Your Landscape With ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ Colocasia

    Elephant’s ear is known for its big, bold foliage. Newer cultivars tend to focus on darker colors or splashy patterns to grab attention. ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ doesn’t need any of that…

  • hop vine
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    Kathleen’s Favorite Gold Plants

    My name is Kathleen Shelman, and I have been gardening for more than 30 years on an acre outside of Portland, Oregon. We are in the foothills of the Cascades,…