Plants with leaves that are variegated
have never been more popular and since most are container-grown, you can get them into the ground right now to guarantee a splash of colour with a difference.
Our common holly (Ilex aquifolium) has an incredible range of variegated
forms but you do need male and female plants to get good crops of berries.
Standard flowers are blue (for a better shade of blue, try 'Bowles'); you can also get it in wine ('Atropurpurea'), white ('Jekyll's White'), and variegated
('Ralph Shugert' and 'Variegata').
For moist soil the choice of variegated
hostas is huge, including June (yellow with a green edge), Gold Standard (yellowish with an uneven green edge) and Thomas Hogg (white leaf edges).
plants bring structure, texture, and color to small spaces such as these, while simultaneously tackling roles for which their plainer-leafed cousins would be clearly miscast.
There is the pretty, variegated
tricolour sage with leaves blended green, purple, pink and white, and a golden sage with the name Icterina has yellow-variegated leaves.
In fact, the variegated
light of the dissolving images, reflected and absorbed by the feathers, takes on the quality of an Impressionist painting.
Dwarf conifers, especially those with variegated
citriodorus) or one of its variegated
forms, "Aureus' (with yellow edging) and "Argenteus' (white edging).
Once you have your pine frame there are endless possibilities to spruce it up, adding holly sprigs and berries from your garden at even intervals around the wreath, variegated
ivy or Christmas baubles which you can attach with more florist's wire, dried fruits, pine cones, cinnamon sticks and festive ribbon.
WINTER containers can brighten up the dullest of entrances and patios when crammed with bright berried plants, variegated
and frilly foliage and col ourful pansies.
There's a great variety to choose from with green, blue, gold and variegated