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Red and Purple Foliage


Some of the most stunning effects a gardener
can take advantage of is growing plants with vibrant red or purple foliage. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites. We’re used to seeing large patches of vibrant
green ornamental sweet potato ground cover. But I think I’ve found a new favorite that’s
quite different. Sweet Caroline Red Hawk Sweet Potato Vine
is a fine choice for the garden with its attractive deeply cut lobed leaves which emerge light
green and transition to a vibrant red throughout the season. Sweet Caroline Red Hawk has a dense trailing
habit, eventually spilling over the edges of the landscape bed. It has a relatively fine texture which sets
it apart from other garden plants. A great Alternanthera selection is Purple
Prince, a tropical stunner with ravishing, splashy, and colorful foliage. The spreading masses of Purple Prince rolls
out like a magic carpet of burgundy-purple and its beautiful leaves are complemented by reddish
ruby rose undersides. The colors intensify when grown in the full
sun. This plant thrives in blast furnace heat and
sun; requires little water and is disease-resistant. I think that garden plants with red foliage
are stunning. A favorite is Dragons Breath celosia with
its unique red-green foliage that is topped with blazing red feathery flowers that resemble
flames licking upwards. A great feature is the color intensifies during
the harsh conditions of the summer season. You can’t go wrong with these plants
in your landscape. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll
see you next time on Southern Gardening.

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