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Flowers are fleeting but fabulous foliage plants are always hard at work bringing beauty to landscapes and patio planters. Some act as a backdrop for flashier flowering plants while others take center stage. Check out these fun foliage plants for sun and shade.

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'Medusa' Ipomoea features unique crown shaped, many fingered foliage unlike any other sweet potato vine. It is more mounded and less trailing than other varieties with overlapping leaves that add an element of fun. This chartreuse plant makes an excellent foliage component for your summer container garden recipes due to its vigor and heat tolerance. Try 'Medusa' as an alternative to Boston Fern hanging baskets in sunny spots! Not only will it thrive in the sun but it requires less watering…

Chartreuse Foliage for Summer Container Gardens

'Medusa' Ipomoea features unique crown shaped, many fingered foliage unlike any other sweet potato vine. It is more mounded and less trailing than other varieties with overlapping leaves that add an element of fun. This chartreuse plant makes an excellent foliage component for your summer container garden recipes due to its vigor and heat tolerance. Try 'Medusa' as an alternative to Boston Fern hanging baskets in sunny spots! Not only will it thrive in the sun but it requires less watering…

The red and dark green speckled foliage of Hippo Red hypoestes will add an element of fun to any shady spot in your landscape. No wonder this plant is commonly called Polka Dot Plant! This versatile annual grown for its heat tolerant foliage performs great both in ground and in containers. OR, bring this beauty indoors where it is adaptable as a houseplant!

Red Polka Dot Foliage to Brighten A Shady Spot

The red and dark green speckled foliage of Hippo Red hypoestes will add an element of fun to any shady spot in your landscape. No wonder this plant is commonly called Polka Dot Plant! This versatile annual grown for its heat tolerant foliage performs great both in ground and in containers. OR, bring this beauty indoors where it is adaptable as a houseplant!

Flowers may come and go, but fabulous foliage is hard at work every single day bringing beauty and color to shady garden spaces. Some plants with fun foliage act as a backdrop for flashier flowering plants while others steal the show all on their own. Here are 20 of our favorite shade tolerant annuals, perennials and shrubs that offer season-long color in containers and landscapes.

20 Fab Foliage Plants For Shade

Flowers may come and go, but fabulous foliage is hard at work every single day bringing beauty and color to shady garden spaces. Some plants with fun foliage act as a backdrop for flashier flowering plants while others steal the show all on their own. Here are 20 of our favorite shade tolerant annuals, perennials and shrubs that offer season-long color in containers and landscapes.

Coleus are adaptable plants that work well in landscapes and containers. Our ColorBlaze are also both sun and shade tolerant, which makes them an excellent choice for almost any situation. Check out these ten favorite coleus for a splash of color in your landscape.

10 Colorful Coleus

Coleus are adaptable plants that work well in landscapes and containers. Our ColorBlaze are also both sun and shade tolerant, which makes them an excellent choice for almost any situation. Check out these ten favorite coleus for a splash of color in your landscape.

Flowers may come and go, but fabulous foliage is hard at work every single day bringing beauty to garden spaces. Some plants with fun foliage act as a backdrop for flashier flowering plants while others steal the show all on their own, find your favorite right here.

Fabulous Garden Foliage

Flowers may come and go, but fabulous foliage is hard at work every single day bringing beauty to garden spaces. Some plants with fun foliage act as a backdrop for flashier flowering plants while others steal the show all on their own, find your favorite right here.

ColorBlaze Strawberry Drop coleus adds a hint of red and pink to your container gardens, surrounded by a dark edge for contrast. This coleus has an unusual trailing habit and will be beautiful when mixed with Supertunia Vista Bubblegum or a dark red verbena.

ColorBlaze® Strawberry Drop - Coleus - Solenostemon scutellarioides

ColorBlaze Strawberry Drop coleus adds a hint of red and pink to your container gardens, surrounded by a dark edge for contrast. This coleus has an unusual trailing habit and will be beautiful when mixed with Supertunia Vista Bubblegum or a dark red verbena.

For many, this coleus is loved at first sight! The colorful chartreuse foliage of ColorBlaze Golden Dreams has red veining which adds so much interest to this foliage variety. It performs well in both sun and shade as long as their is reasonable humidity.  In very low humidity environments, it will need afternoon shade.

ColorBlaze® Golden Dreams™ - Coleus - Solenostemon scutellarioides

For many, this coleus is loved at first sight! The colorful chartreuse foliage of ColorBlaze Golden Dreams has red veining which adds so much interest to this foliage variety. It performs well in both sun and shade as long as their is reasonable humidity. In very low humidity environments, it will need afternoon shade.

Here's a fun coleus that offers a unique trailing habit, ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop. Grow it in a container on your patio on its own, or mix it with other chartreuse or dark leafed plants. So easy to grow, loves life in the sun OR the shade!

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop - Coleus - Solenostemon scutellarioides

Here's a fun coleus that offers a unique trailing habit, ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop. Grow it in a container on your patio on its own, or mix it with other chartreuse or dark leafed plants. So easy to grow, loves life in the sun OR the shade!

The luck of the Irish will be with you when you grow this dark, plum-colored shamrock plant. This is perfect plant for shaded patio planters. At the end of the growing season, bring Charmed Wine indoors to enjoy as part of your home decor. When new shoots begin to sprout in March or April, it will be a sure sign that spring is near.

Charmed® Wine - Shamrock - Oxalis triangularis

The luck of the Irish will be with you when you grow this dark, plum-colored shamrock plant. This is perfect plant for shaded patio planters. At the end of the growing season, bring Charmed Wine indoors to enjoy as part of your home decor. When new shoots begin to sprout in March or April, it will be a sure sign that spring is near.

Primo 'Wild Rose' Heuchera delights with bright purple/pink leaves that easily color the shade. Hardy down to zone 4, this is a perennial that will require very little work from you and will reach an impressive 20" in height. Loved by hummingbirds and butterflies, but not be deer. Also salt resistant, so perfect for a mailbox garden.

Primo® 'Wild Rose' - Coral Bells - Heuchera hybrid

Primo 'Wild Rose' Heuchera delights with bright purple/pink leaves that easily color the shade. Hardy down to zone 4, this is a perennial that will require very little work from you and will reach an impressive 20" in height. Loved by hummingbirds and butterflies, but not be deer. Also salt resistant, so perfect for a mailbox garden.

Shadowland 'Waterslide' is an easy to care for perennial that prefers the shade, and is hardy in zones 3-9. These gorgeous blue, rippled leaves hold their color all season long. Lavender flowers appear in the summer, and these blooms will bring the hummingbirds for a visit too.

Shadowland® 'Waterslide' - Hosta hybrid

Shadowland 'Waterslide' is an easy to care for perennial that prefers the shade, and is hardy in zones 3-9. These gorgeous blue, rippled leaves hold their color all season long. Lavender flowers appear in the summer, and these blooms will bring the hummingbirds for a visit too.

Lemon Coral is an annual sedum plant, fun to touch, and fun to plant. In containers, the landscape or windowboxes this pop of chartreuse color will really add a wow to your garden!

Lemon Coral® - Sedum mexicanum

Lemon Coral is an annual sedum plant, fun to touch, and fun to plant. In containers, the landscape or windowboxes this pop of chartreuse color will really add a wow to your garden!

Winecraft Black is a semi-dwarf smokebush with black-purple foliage that darkens as the season goes on. showy red smoke-like blooms appear in early to mid-summer on a plant that is hardy for zones 4-8. Winecraft Black is also rabbit and deer resistant!

Winecraft Black® - Smokebush - Cotinus coggygria

Winecraft Black is a semi-dwarf smokebush with black-purple foliage that darkens as the season goes on. showy red smoke-like blooms appear in early to mid-summer on a plant that is hardy for zones 4-8. Winecraft Black is also rabbit and deer resistant!

Here's a robust foliage plant that will grow in sun or shade, and will also do well when you bring it inside for the winter! Hippo Rose is a robust version of yesterday's polka dot plant...and is easy to grow, and easy to enjoy with strong color, even without a bloom!

Hippo® Rose - Polka Dot Plant - Hypoestes phyllostachya

Here's a robust foliage plant that will grow in sun or shade, and will also do well when you bring it inside for the winter! Hippo Rose is a robust version of yesterday's polka dot plant...and is easy to grow, and easy to enjoy with strong color, even without a bloom!

Who loves black foliage? Primo 'Black Pearl' coral bells is the darkest variety you'll find. It looks amazing paired with gold and chartreuse plants in outdoor landscapes and planters. Try it in full sun or shade in zones 4-9.

Primo® 'Black Pearl' - Coral Bells - Heuchera hybrid

Who loves black foliage? Primo 'Black Pearl' coral bells is the darkest variety you'll find. It looks amazing paired with gold and chartreuse plants in outdoor landscapes and planters. Try it in full sun or shade in zones 4-9.

Enjoy fabulous foliage color all season with Ginger Wine ninebark. This native shrub starts out sunny orange in spring, then matures to sparkling burgundy before earning its rich orange-red fall color. Blooming clusters of white flowers cover the plant in late spring before turning into bright red seeds. Hardy in zones 3-7.

Ginger Wine® - Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius

Enjoy fabulous foliage color all season with Ginger Wine ninebark. This native shrub starts out sunny orange in spring, then matures to sparkling burgundy before earning its rich orange-red fall color. Blooming clusters of white flowers cover the plant in late spring before turning into bright red seeds. Hardy in zones 3-7.