As if painted: with their distinctive drawings, leaf begonia, zebra herb provide variety in the room. There are also decorative leaf plants with a marble look, a mesh look, and stripes. We present the most beautiful species.
Among the decorative leaf plants for the room, many beauties draw everyone’s attention with their leaves alone. Because no blossom steals the show from the foliage, patterns and colors come to the fore. These range from stripes to spots to patterns that are reminiscent of watercolor painting. In addition to all imaginable shades of green, they also show white, yellow, red, pink, and purple.
Large soloists and small, fine groups of ornamental foliage plants
Miracle shrubs, basket marants, or other larger, unusual plants are best presented in isolation and front of a calm, light background. Leaf ‑ begonias, silver net leaves, and other small species can be put together in a bowl or on a tray. Zebra herb or spotted sense flower with their overhanging shoots are ideal for hanging baskets as well as elevated positions on stools or shelves. In general, the following applies to eye-catching, multi-leaf houseplants: less is more! Cover pots in muted colors emphasize the special features of the plants instead of competing with them.
Wunderstrauch (left) and Korbmarante (right) are ornamental foliage plants that unfold their effect best as soloists
Tips for caring for ornamental foliage plants
Colorful-leaved types of ornamental foliage plants appreciate bright places but do not tolerate direct sun, as this makes their drawings fade. Most of the house plants we cultivate come from the tropics and are used to a completely different climate. To prevent a lack of light in winter, they should be moved closer to the window in winters with little sunshine. Ornamental foliage plants with very large leaves such as rubber trees or monstera should be dusted more often by hand. Some plants can also take a shower. Either way, you can then absorb light better and keep your vital appearance.
Does dust always deposit pretty quickly on the leaves of your large-leaved houseplants? With this trick, you can get it clean again very quickly – and all you need is a banana peel.
To increase the air humidity in rooms, which is very beneficial for plant health, especially in winter with dry heating air, regular overspray has proven its worth. Use water that is as low in lime as possible – this will avoid unsightly lime stains on the top of the leaves. Here is a picture gallery with the most beautiful ornamental foliage plants, including species and variety-specific care tips.
Ornamental or dwarf pepper (Peperomia) is similar to a succulent plant in terms of care. The ornamental foliage plant only needs water when the potting soil is dry. The drawing of the ‘Green Gold’ variety looks like it has been brushed on with watercolors
Colored nettles (Solenostemon scutellarioides) offer countless leaf and color variations: red, brown, pink or light green, bordered, striped, spotted – the species is incredibly diverse and sets exciting accents, even in window boxes or flower beds in summer
Leaf begonias (Begonia-Rex hybrids) are extraordinary eye-catchers – thanks to their leaf shapes and colors, which range from silver to green to red and purple. If several in bowls are placed, the plants come into their own. They like to be bright, warm and humid, but cannot tolerate the sun
The zebra herb is a typical hanging plant and is only repotted when necessary
The spotted sense flower (Aeschynanthus marmoratus) impresses with shiny green, decorative marbled leaves. Your comfortable temperatures are 18 to 22 degrees Celsius in summer and 12 to 15 degrees Celsius in winter. The root ball should never dry out, and the spotted sense flower enjoys frequent spraying with water that is low in lime
Dragon trees (Dracaena) often present their narrow leaves with stripes in white, yellow, or green. The undemanding decorative foliage plants grow narrowly in height and are reminiscent of palm trees. Incidentally, the three-colored striped variety ‘Lemon Lime’ is particularly distinctive.
The silver net leaf (Fittonia verschaffeltii), also known as a mosaic plant, is one of the smallest leaf beauties. The varieties differ in their coloration – some are clearly white, others veined with red veins. The demanding ornamental leaf plant likes to stand in light or partially shaded places, at at least 20 degrees Celsius. You won’t get full sun or drafts. It is kept moderately moist and only lightly fertilized in summer.
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