Add Oomph to Your Edges With Funky Foliage

Foliage gardens captivate onlookers with the sheer volume of planting in their jungle-like borders. Here, we share some ways to incorporate these leafy greens, and add color with variegated foliage and striking, subtropical flowers.

Excerpted from Garden Design
Rich Plantings Explode in Exotic Foliage Garden Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Palm and Gravel Mix

Vertical jets of brilliant red cannas dot between the elegant, fanned leaves of Chusan palms in this informal clearing.

Spiky Sword Like Foliage Dominates Garden Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Spiky Combinations

The instantly recognizable foliage and tall flowers of New Zealand flax dominate this space. Points of agaves and fine-cut leaves of palms echo the spiky leaf shape with different textures.

Fleshy Foliage Closes in Creating Secluded Pool Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Cool Pool

An array of fleshy foliage, potted and planted, gives a swimming pool and sun-filled terrace a feeling of tropical seclusion.

Glorious Display of Sunset Spires in Evening Sun Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Sunset Spires

Sundowner phormium, silver spear and the heads of verbena produce a glorious display of glowing color in the sunset.

Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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