While most plants have green leaves there are some that have different colored foliage and including a few of these in an border can add an extra dimension to the scene. The leaf colors of these plants range from pale cream and silver to dark bronze and almost black in the Sambucus nigra. These nine foliage plants are described in an article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
If you’re looking to break up an expanse of green leaves, look no further than these color-rich new foliage plants. With leaves in hues from bright silver and gold to deep bronze and burgundy, these perennials, shrubs and small trees can break up foliage monotony in beds and containers with a dramatic hit of color. Read on for an introduction to the latest 2018 plants and see if one catches your eye.1. Laced Up Elderberry
(Sambucus nigra ‘SNR1292’)Laced Up stands out among black elderberry varieties, with its narrow, columnar growth habit. This deciduous shrub or small tree makes for a great space-saver in smaller gardens and narrow planting areas.
Plant in mixed borders to take advantage of the almost-black foliage as a dramatic backdrop to perennial flowers. Conversely, use a pair to frame an entryway.
Laced Up elderberry will not form fruit without a pollinator variety (Black Lace, Instant Karma or Black Beauty) planted nearby.2. ‘Silver Charm’ Largeleaf Brunnera(Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Charm’)The icy green-silver foliage of largeleaf brunnera can act as a spot of brightness in dark, shaded beds, woodland gardens and container plantings. ‘Silver Charm’ is a faster grower than cultivar ‘Jack Frost’ and has slightly narrower, more arrowhead-shaped leaves. In spring the plant sends out sprays of blue flowers similar to forget-me-nots. This plant goes dormant in winter.
Use it where you’d like a silver understory or container plant to fill in more quickly.
3. ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern(Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’)In fall the particularly rich bronze foliage of ‘Brilliance’ sets this variety apart. Plants thrive when grown in soil rich in organic matter that is kept consistently moist. This plant goes dormant in winter.
Use it as an understory plant beneath trees, on shaded slopes, in woodland settings or in mixed containers.