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To add structure and color to your garden or terrace, the leaves are just as interesting as the flowers, and maybe even more! Textured or chiselled, persistent or deciduous, the foliage has a nuanced palette that goes from yellow to red through black, orange, silver and variegated. Some examples of varieties to compose a garden or a balcony of colored leaves without waiting for autumn!
Yellow and golden leaves to decorate the garden and the balcony
With their golden shine, the yellow leaves bring light to the shaded massifs. Alongside a tree or shrub with darker hues, they offer interesting contrast effects which it would be a shame to miss. Our favorite varieties: * Golden Mexican orange tree * Yellow lemongrass heucheras * Yellow holly * Golden or yellow heather * False yellow cypress 'Stardust' * Maple trees: Acer japonicum 'Aureum' and Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' * Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea' * Lemon balm 'All Gold' * Golden physocarp with viburnum leaves * Yellow cluster elderberry * Golden California privet * Yellow Japanese privet * Grass with golden shields…
Black leaves to enhance the balcony or terrace
The darlings of landscapers, the black leaves make it possible to create beautiful contemporary gardens. At the bottom of the massif, they sublimate the flowering varieties and bring perspective while elegantly structuring the space. Dark purple, dark chocolate or dark black, here are some varieties to plant in your garden with your eyes closed: * Ophiopogon * Black phormiums * Black succulents, like the Aeonium arboreum 'Schwartzkopf' * Black Japanese maples: 'Nigrum' or even 'Inaba Shidare' * Black Physiocarpus (Diabolo) * Purple basil * Purple beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Nana') * Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Some shrubs, like photinia, take on carmine foliage in early spring, while others, like maple trees, wait for fall or stay red all year round. All surprise with their shimmering hues that energize the garden and steal the show from the flower beds. * Photinia Red Robin (new red leaves in spring) * Japanese maples * Red beech (Fagus sylvatica Atropunicea) * Poinsettia sumac de Virginie (red in autumn) * Berberis thunbergii 'Pow Wow' * Cordyline australis' Sunrise '* Physocarpus' Lady in Red'® (Purple-leaved Physocarp) * Sacred bamboo
Gray and silver foliage
Used well, silver-leafed shrubs do wonders in the garden by bringing light. Their textured leaves catch the eye and highlight other plants. A safe bet for creating an elegant foliage garden in winter and summer. * Sagebrush (Artemisia schmidtiana) * Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' * Buddleia 'Silver Anniversary' * Silver heucheria * Sea routes * Silver lavender * Calocephalus…
White and green, green and yellow, black and cream, red and black, silver and dark green ... Nature also likes to play with colors with marbled, speckled or streaked leaves. For a beautiful graphic garden, ask your nurseryman for advice on finding the variegated leaves suitable for your region and your soil.
So, ready to compose a foliage garden?