Enjoy color contrast of variegated plants

Published 9:00 am Monday, March 18, 2024

By Eddie Smith

MSU Extension Service

If you have not picked up on it yet, I love variegated plants. Let me dive a bit deeper into why I’m so passionate about them.

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These beauties are like the rock stars of the plant world, and let me tell you, they know how to steal the show.

But do you know what really excites me about variegated plants? It’s not just about how they look, although that’s definitely a big part of it. It’s about how they make me feel. They bring a sense of joy and wonder, whether they’re in a bustling city apartment or a cozy backyard garden.

Variegated plants remind me that nature is full of surprises, and sometimes the most beautiful things are the ones that stand out from the crowd.

The white parts of variegated leaves aren’t just there for show. They indicate a lack of chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps plants make food through photosynthesis. It’s like these plants are revealing a little secret about themselves, adding another layer of intrigue to their already captivating charm.

Among my cherished favorites is the variegated wax ivy, distinguished by leaves boasting a captivating color scheme that sets it apart from the surrounding greenery.

The foliage flaunts a blend of vibrant green and creamy white, a breathtaking contrast that commands attention. What makes this plant truly remarkable is its irregular variegation, with each leaf boasting a personalized, glossy appearance.

And the best part? Variegated wax ivy isn’t just beautiful, it’s also easy to care for. The plant tolerates a wide range of conditions, from bright, indirect light to low light, and it doesn’t mind if you forget to water it every now and then, although it certainly appreciates a drink when you remember.

With just a bit of love and attention, this plant will reward you with stunning foliage year-round.

Another gem that holds a special place in my heart is the variegated brake fern.

Adorned with leaves in a beautiful blend of green and white, this fern captivates with exquisite contrast. Whether the variegated pattern on the leaves is symmetrical or asymmetrical, it adds an intriguing dimension to the plant’s visual allure.

The degree of variegation is influenced by factors such as the plant’s age, exposure to light and overall well-being.

But what sets the variegated brake fern apart is its versatility. If you’re looking to spruce up a shady indoors corner or add flair to your outdoor garden, this fern has got you covered. Its delicate fronds are elegant, whether cascading gracefully from a hanging basket or nestled among other plants in a shady border.

And here’s the best part: caring for variegated brake fern is a breeze. It’s pretty low maintenance, tolerating light conditions from bright indirect light to partial shade. It’s not too fussy about watering, so you don’t have to keep up with a strict watering schedule.

So next time you’re out shopping for plants, keep an eye out for some of the many different variegated plants available. Who knows, but you might just fall in love with them, too.