3 Foliage Plants That Create Stunning Plantscaping Displays

Many indoor plants do not produce blooms so when you want to create an interiorscape with a lot of personality you will have to rely almost entirely on foliage.

Foliage can vary greatly in shape size and color and using just the right combination can create a dramatic effect. Pair the fancy leaved plants with the perfect container and you will have a stunning indoor arrangement.


There are many different varieties of peperomia that include colors such as deep purple, red, green, white and green with white or orange variegation. The leaves are waxy and some are deeply ridged while others are very smooth. According to the University of Vermont Extension Service, peperomias should be slightly pot bound and grow well in shallow dishes, hanging baskets or in pots with a well draining potting media. Depending on the variety, the plant can either trail or grow upright.
The potting media should be allowed to dry completely before being watered. Peperomias also prefer bright light, but can survive well in very low light conditions. However, variegated leaves will loose their variegation in low light. Some popular peperomia varieties include the watermelon peperomia, which has variegation on the leaves that resembles a watermelon rind, the Peperomia caperata, which has deeply textured leaves, and the Peperomia ‘Tricolor,’ which has variegated leaves.


Dieffenbachia is an indoor plant with bright variegation. The leaf has a white center with green edges. Better Homes and Gardens suggests growing a single plant to produce a tree like look or plant several together for a mounding bush like appearance. Dieffenbachia can grow up to three feet wide and six feet tall making it a very impressive plant. Gardening Know How suggests that the dieffenbachia likes moist soil and humidity, but not remaining soaked. The potting soil should be dry an inch down before adding more water. Care should also be taken to ensure the dieffenbachia receives the same amount of bright, indirect light on all sides or it will begin to reach towards the brightest source of light. This plant can cause swelling of the tongue and mouth if it comes in contact with the mouth and should not be used where it can be easily accessed by children and pets.

 Arrowhead Vine

The arrowhead vine is an easy to grow vining or climbing plant. It is named for the shape of its leaves, which start out as a simple arrowhead shape and become more lobed as they mature. Many varieties have variegation with white or red tracing the veins. According to About.com Houseplants, the arrowhead vine likes moisture, warm temperatures and high humidity. It also prefers bright light, which encourages the variegation. The arrowhead vine can grow very aggressively so it may need careful management to ensure attractive shape as it grows.

These are just three examples of easy to care for, indoor plants with beautiful foliage shape and color. There are many more plants that will provide interesting color and form to plantscapes. One challenge of highly variegated plants is making sure they receive enough indirect, bright light. These plants will thrive in sunny hallways, atriums and foyers. Do you have a favorite indoor plant with interesting foliage?

Photo “Pilea microphylla & Peperomia puteolata (Washington, DC)” courtesy of takomabibelot

Photo “Dieffenbacie (Dieffenbachia compacta) courtesy of Maja Dumat


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