10 Best Foliage Plants | Plants with Colorful Leaves

10 Best Foliage Plants | Plants with Colorful Leaves

Want to make your garden look colorful? Here are some foliage plants for you to consider.

There are many plants you can plant for their beautiful leaves, but we've selected the most common ones that are most suitable for the Indian environment.

1. Coleus

Botanical Name: Coleus scutellarioides

Coleus is extremely variable in the color and shape of the leaves. The leaves are tender and fleshy. There are various types of coleus plants, each with its unique color pattern. 


2. Crotons

Botanical Name: Codiaeum variegatum

Crotons come in lots of different colors and look good in both indoor and outdoor environments. The leaves may be ovate, crinkled, and variegated with green, white, purple, orange, yellow, red, or pink color.


3. Rex Begonia

Botanical Name: Begonia rex-cultorum

The plant comes in a variety of shapes, textures, and colors. It can be a wonderful addition to your garden and can also add striking colors indoors. 

Rex Begonia

4. Caladiums

Botanical Name: Caladium

Caladiums have large, heart-shaped foliage which comes in various colors including white, pink, purple, and orange. They prefer a moderately shady place with indirect sunlight. 


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5. Poinsettia

Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima

Poinsettia is well known for its red and green foliage. The leaves are normally flaming red, with cultivars being orange, pale green, cream, pink, and white with pointed tips and serrated edges.


6. Ti Plant

Botanical Name: Cordyline fruticosa

Ti plant grows up to 4.5 meters with attractive fan-like, spirally arranged clusters of broadly elongated leaves on the slender trunk. The leaves range from red to green and variegated forms.

Ti Plant

7. Purple Shamrock

Botanical Name: Oxalis triangularis

Its triangular shape resembles the wings of a butterfly. It has bright magenta-red leaves. The leaves fold down at night, when disturbed, and when in harsh sunlight. The plant bears white or pale pink five-petalled flowers.

Purple Shamrock

8. Polka dot plant

Botanical Name: Hypoestes phyllostachya

The leaves of the polka dot plant are heavily-spotted pink or white speckles. They grow quickly and thrive in full sunlight and partial shade. The cultivar, Red Splash has impressive green and red leaves.

9. Inch Plant

Botanical Name: Tradescantia zebrina

Wandering Jew is a trailing herbaceous. It has small, oval leaves with silver-colored striped purple upper surface and deep uniform magenta.

Inch Plant

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10. Aglaonema

Botanical Name: Aglaonema

These are evergreen perennials with a variety of colors and patterns. They grow in low, medium, or bright light and are great for an indoor plant!


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Dr. Vandana K.