All year round we crave colour in our gardens. Flowers come to mind straight away, however colour can be achieved with foliage as well. Using coloured foliage in the garden has the added bonus of colour all year round, whereas flowers are seasonal. There are many great plants that will add interest to a garden, from grasses to large shrubs.
Alternanthera Little Ruby
Alternanthera Little Ruby will add a contrast to a garden edge, with its deep burgundy foliage. It is a hardy plant that loves our humid summers.
Crotons or Schefflera Madame de Smet are hardy plants that will add interest to full sun or part shade gardens, both of these plants are easy to grow in pots on verandas or in very well-lit positions inside.
Variegated Pseuderanthemum (what a name!) is a fabulous shrub to 1.5m, and is available in deep purples, variegated purple and lilac and lime greens with dainty flowers.
There are many grasses that will also add colour and texture to a garden. From the low growing Blue Fescue and Stripy White Liriope to the taller growing Pennisetums, also known as Purple fountain grass.