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Specialty Gardening: Good foliage plants

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Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #6448496

My dd's and I are increasing our cutflower production but we were looking for ideas for good colorful foliage plants. Any ideas? I tried caladiums in the greenhouse with a heat mat and I have failed miserably. How about coleus or amaranthus? Some of these are quite colorful foliage; do they pick and condition? I would love your input. Joann
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2009
5:25 PM

Post #6470637

Hi Lenjo,
I normally just grow foliage plants for a background drop, so I mainly have the plain green foliages. However, I have seen others in this forum like Karma and Sue who uses Coleus in their arrangements. Don't know how long they last, though. Sue had posted a photo with cordyline which was a nice deep purplish red. Any of the New Zealand flaxes would be great. My favorites are these ginger leaves, and the cast iron plants because they last for weeks. But, they don't have the color that you are looking for.

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