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Re: Variegated foliage

Some love it some hate, some have a few reservations.
There's a vinca I hate called 'Illumination'.  But I have a variegated 
redtwig dogwood called 'Silver Blotch' that's beautiful, but would be 
nothing special w/out those cream edges.  There's a popular Summer 
Phlox out there with cream/grn variegated leaves and a dark rosy pink 
flower that looks too busy to me, but the purple tinged green leaves on 
Blue Boy and others I find pleasing.  My Silene 'Clifford Moor' has 
brightly variegated leaves, but the flowers are a very pale pink so 
they don't seem to be competing.  The Silene 'Druett's Variegated' has 
more (nearly)white than green in it's leaves and white flowers and I 
find this appealing.  I love the pink/white/cream of new leaves on Jap 
Maples 'Orido Nishiki' and 'Murasaki Kiyohime' and on the 
boxelder 'Flamingo'.  Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine' has nearly white 
leaves, only the veining is green - which I think is great but just 
doesn't go best with its yellow-gold flowers.  Pink or blue would be 
more pleasing, but I don't think you'll ever see that in a Heliopsis.

I thought the silver-white overlay on Brunnera mac 'Jack Frost' was 
overdone; I prefer a little less as in B.m.'Silver Wings'. But JF is 
beginning to grow on me.  At first I thought variegated Columbines 
like 'Leprechaun's Gold' looked diseased, but I'm beginning to 
appreciate them.  And then there's the Lamiums!  How boring if they 
were solid green.

I think you need to place these variegated plants in context.  As Marge 
mentioned, to brighten dark areas, so they should be surrounded by 
unvariegated plants for best effect.  Put several different vgtd plants 
together and I think it would be too busy for my taste.  I also seem to 
lean more toward silver than gold, but I did just buy a Lemon Wave 


----- Original Message -----
From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2003 11:19 pm
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Variegated foliage

> Well, you all - different strokes for different folks:-)  I adore
> almost all variegated foliage.  There are some plants that do look
> like they've got a terminal disease, but they are in the minority. 
> IMHO, variegated foliage lights up the shade and takes the place of
> flowers in shady gardens:-)  Comes under the heading of "Fabulous
> Foliage" to me...
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> > 
> > In a message dated 06/24/2003 10:04:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> > hodgesaa@islc.net writes:
> > 
> > > I hate those variegated potato vines and the variegated tropical
> hibiscus
> > > with foliage like that. I think they look diseased.
> > > 
> > > Andrea H
> > > 
> > 
> > I totally agree with you Andrea. Except for Hostas, most variegated
> foliage 
> > looks diseased to me.  I think those evergeens with yellow foliage
> that people 
> > rave over look as if they are on their way out.  Oh well.  No
> accounting for 
> > taste.  Auralie
> > 
> >
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