Gardens for Homes Series: Foliage Plants For Garden Decoration
In tropical countries, there are many plants with attractive foliage or leaves that can be appealing in the planting composition for garden decoration. The features of these ‘foliage’ plants are in its varieties of shapes, textures and colors of the leaves. These characters are everlasting as compared to seasonal flowering plants. Thus, for gardens that uses ‘foliage’ plants as their planting concept will not require as much attention such as regular interchanging of plants.
The concept of using these leafy plants can also invigorate the corner of the garden that does not get enough sunshine, for most of these crops are shade tolerant plants. As such, these plants are also suitable for indoor planting, where sunlight is reduced.
The approach to planting composition using ‘foliage’ plants is by positioning the plants according to its hierarchy in size, ie. taller plants in the back layer whilst the shorter ones in the front row to give an illusion of a bigger space. The visual impact of this planting composition is by creative arrangement of the plants using different textures, leave shapes and shade of coloured leaves, giving either a contrast or a harmonious composition. By adding splashes of some strong coloured or variegated leaves in the composition helps to brighten the garden.
Just like any other garden decoration concept, these foliage plant composition can be combined with suitable hard landscape and garden ornaments such as pots, rocks etc to create a whole integrated design.
By: Rozita Abdul Hamid
Rozita is a Landscape Architect / Master Planner with over 20 years experience in the field at national and international levels. Some prominent projects that she has been involved are Landscape Master Plan of Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur Landscape Master Plan, Hard Rock Café Melaka and landscape projects in Burj Dubai and The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.