- Love the color purple? Then grow these 15 GORGEOUS purple houseplants known for their colorful foliage and warm texture!
- 2. Coleus
- 3. Prayer Plant
- 4. Sweet Caroline ‘Purple’ Potato Vine
- 5. Wandering Jew
- 6. Ti Plant
- 7. Rex Begonia
- 8. Purple Passion (Gynura Aurantiaca)
- 9. Caladium
- 10. Waffle Plant
- 11. Red Aglaonema
- 12. Calathea
- 13. Iron-Cross Begonia
- 14. Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)
- 15. Silver Squill
- How to grow and care for poinsettia Christmas plants
- Poinsettia history
- How to care for poinsettia
- 25 stunning Christmas wreaths for the festive season
- Indoor Plants
Love the color purple? Then grow these 15 GORGEOUS purple houseplants known for their colorful foliage and warm texture!
Native to Brazil, Oxalis plants display unique, pinwheel foliage and a wealth of starry blossoms. Some varieties produce purple leaves or foliage with deeper accent markings. Its delicate foliage and dainty flowers make it an ideal choice for containers and indoors alike. The tiny, triangular leaflets close at night, which make it a fun plant to have around the house.
Coleus is a beautiful, showy plant that is available in various colors and styles. Mostly used as an annual for outdoor gardens, it is super easy to grow as an indoor plant as well. The vibrancy of its colors comes from receiving an adequate amount of sunlight. The more the light, the more vivid the colors. However, shade does allow the colors to form as well, though they will be a tad subdued. Coleus is remarkably easy to propagate. The eye-catchy, fancy leaves can liven up a dull drawing room, while the compact structure does justice to space-constrained corners well.
3. Prayer Plant
The prayer plant, with its unusual, purplish brown leaf markings is a fun little plant to have around the house. Also known as rabbit tracks, it has two different varieties, the green, and the red one. The latter has bold red leaf veins alongside the markings. Leaves close at night, thereby creating the appearance of praying hands. Prayer plant thrives well on moderately high humidity and uniformly watered soil. However, it appreciates remaining on a drier side in winter.
4. Sweet Caroline ‘Purple’ Potato Vine
We love this! One of the most gorgeous and versatile plants around for CONTAINER GARDENERS, sweet potato vine, performs well in both partial sun and shade and looks pretty in container gardens, borders, garden beds and landscapes. The plant is mainly loved for its brilliant foliage that is available in different colors of lime, purple, bronze, black or copper. And since its beauty comes from its leaf, the plant can be enjoyed all year long without having to wait for the blooms to show up. Sweet potato vine grows best in the moist and well-drained soil. It is remarkably flexible regarding light requirements.
5. Wandering Jew
A unique, easy to grow houseplant, the Wandering Jew is a popular houseplant that is both easy to grow and looks amazing in a hanging basket as well as in a topiary form. The most widely available variety of this vine has leaves marked with characteristic olive and silver markings on the top and a dark purplish maroon color on the undersides. Some varieties flaunt a purplish color on both surfaces of the leaves. Wandering Jew thrives well on medium to bright low light and uniformly-watered soil. You can grow this plant from stem cuttings stuck in water or a moist potting soil. It’s recommended to allow the soil to dry in between watering spells.
6. Ti Plant
Ti plant is an astonishing red-purple colored houseplant featuring flamboyantly colored foliage and an elegant appeal; the ti plant is a perfect choice for adding a pop of color, style, and drama to a well-lit corner of your room. Most varieties have strap-like leaves variegated with bright streaks of different colors of hot pink, white, cream, or deeper shades of purple. Ti plant is picky about sunlight and likes to be in a spot that receives a partial sun.
7. Rex Begonia
Rex begonia plants are cherished for their dramatically colored and textured foliage. The leaves come in a broad spectrum of colors, shapes, and stripes. While the flowers are insignificant, the unique leaf shapes and attractive color combinations of silver, red, purple, white and pink pretty much makes up for it. Rex begonia mostly enjoys shade gardens, which makes it apt for indoor gardening. Soggy soil and excessive use of fertilizers lead to instant rotting, while prolonged wet leaves make them susceptible to infection. If you keep these in mind, caring for your Rex begonia plant will be a breeze.
8. Purple Passion (Gynura Aurantiaca)
This lovely houseplant has fuzzy green foliage with a dab of purple hairs and edges. Grow it in any neutral colored houseplant, and you’ll see how it’ll stand out from the other houseplants. Its characteristic purple sheen comes when it is touched by a fleck of sunlight. Purple passion has an upright habit when young and becomes more vine-like and spreading as it matures. This makes it a perfect choice for adorning hanging baskets and small trellises alike. The plant enjoys the bright light and evenly moist soil.
Caladiums are beautiful tropical plants with big, wafer-thin leaves having varying patterns in reds, pink, purple and cream. The brilliant foliage of this plant is its USP, as it is available in unusual shapes like hearts, lances or arrows, as well as eye-catchy color combinations of red, pink, rose and white. Being a shade plant, it doesn’t mind growing indoors, though it requires a minimum of 3-4 hours of filtered light each day.
10. Waffle Plant
The waffle plant is a beautiful tiny houseplant with colorful foliage having a metallic tone in purple color, the striking appearance, which makes it an excellent addition to your home or office. Its small stature makes it ideal for decorating crammed-up desks or countertops, while its low growing nature makes it suitable for use as a groundcover underneath larger indoor plants like ficus trees. Waffle plant benefits from medium to bright light indoors. Remember, if it doesn’t get adequate sunlight, it may lose its vibrant purple coloring. However, direct light is a hazard as the leaves may bleach and undergo sunburn. Accent the waffle plant’s brilliant foliage with a terracotta container for a classic appeal.
11. Red Aglaonema
Red aglaonema is a spectacular Chinese evergreen plant with stunning, purple or red-tinted leaves. One of the easiest houseplants to grow, red aglaonema, is a new and stylish entree to the world of houseplants. This beauty flaunts dark green leaves marked elegantly with bright red, purple or pink stripes. Its colorful foliage makes it apt for decorating desks, tabletops, coffee tables as well as side tables in bedrooms. You can also consider using it as a substitute for poinsettia this season. The long-lived houseplant retains its color all through the year and demands little care in the process.
The calathea is one of the most beautiful houseplants that has the potential to light up any room with colorful accents. With a special marking of stark white veins against red, purple, green and cream leaves, the calathea lends an exciting and fashionable touch to your home. Most varieties have reddish purple color on the undersides of leaves, which makes them attractive when viewed from both above or below.
13. Iron-Cross Begonia
This beautiful New Guinea species is a must for you if you love growing unique indoor plants. Its leaves sport wide, chocolate-brown markings which stand out well against the dark green backdrop and radiate all the way to the leaf margins, thereby resembling the German iron cross. The beautiful coloration set against solid green with a coarse, pebbled texture makes for a very royal presence that is sure to liven up your home like none other. The plant prefers humid conditions, though you are best off cutting back on the water amount if you notice yellowing or browning of the leaves.
14. Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)
The mention of rubber tree immediately conjures up images of latex oozing out from barks. True that but it is one of the most popular houseplants today and why not it looks impressive indoors and cleanse the air too. Its leaves appear dark purple when mature, and bright red when young and opening. Learn how to grow a rubber tree houseplant here!
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15. Silver Squill
Contrary to its name, silver squill is a tough little plant. Hailing from the Cape Province of South Africa, it grows in dry habitats and stores moisture in its succulent, bulb-like stems as an adaptation tactic against the moisture-deprived soil. With its unique structure and colorful foliage, it becomes an unusual houseplant, which is sure to attract plenty of eyeballs. The plant derives its name from the lovely, silver-colored polka dots on leaves and the rich purple undersides of the stems. It’s easy to care as well, provided you grow them in the shade.
How to grow and care for poinsettia Christmas plants
Poinsettia is a vibrant houseplant that brightens up your home at Christmas. It has bright red star-shaped leaves that are often mistaken for flowers. But in fact they are bracts, designed to help attract insects to the small flowers in the centre.
Most poinsettia are red, but they can also be white, pink and orange. And they make great table centrepieces and feature houseplants.
Poinsettia is probably the most popular Christmas houseplant. In the UK we buy around 7 million poinsettias at Christmas, and the figure is growing.
They have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but it’s not hard once you understand their preferred conditions.
Poinsettia plants are a type of euphorbia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). They are native to Mexico and were brought to the USA in 1825 by the American ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett.
The plant was originally cultivated by the Aztecs, who called it Cuetlaxochitl (flower which wilts). For the Aztecs, poinsettia’s brilliant red colour symbolised purity and it was used in religious ceremonies.
The Aztecs also used the red leaves to dye fabric and the plant’s sap was used as medicine to control fever.
Some people believe that poinsettia are poisonous, but in fact the toxicity is very mild and the plants are safe to grow at home.
How to care for poinsettia
Poinsettia are easy to grow at home, but yet many people have problems with them. One of the most common problems is that they simply wilt and die, and nothing can save them.
Many people think they have done something wrong, but the most likely cause is nothing to do with you. Poinsettias are tender plants and do not like cold temperatures. Exposure to icy draughts, even for a few minutes, can harm the foliage.
Make sure to choose plants from a reputable supplier and check that they have not been stored near draughty doorways. You should also take care when bringing them home from the shop to shield them from freezing temperatures.
Ask the shop to wrap the plant in paper or cover with a plastic bag so it is completely protected.
What to do if poinsettia wilts
If your poinsettia does begin to wilt, soak the rootball in warm water, then allow the excess liquid to drain away. It should perk up within an hour or so. Keep in stable conditions so it can recover.
Get more Christmas houseplant care tips here!
Red poinsettias are the best-selling of all, followed by white and cream-coloured varieties, reveals Stars for Europe. This is followed by bicoloured and speckled cultivars, as well as poinsettias of the pink variety. The nation’s love for poinsettias seems to grow each year, recently boosted by the ever growing popularity of houseplants alongside the fashion for all things Mexican in homes and interiors.
And with their star-shaped leaf bracts, poinsettia have become known as Christmas Stars in many other languages, including Italian; Stella di Natale, and German; Weihnachtsstern.
Marks & Spencer Large Poinsettia marksandspencer.com £26.00
The large colourful bracts of the poinsettia are often mistaken for flower petals, but they are in fact leaves. The flowers are actually the tiny yellow berry-like structures at the centre of each leaf bract, which are called cyathia.
Here are some tips and best practices on how to keep your poinsettia in tip-top condition over the Christmas period.
How to care for poinsettias: 9 golden rules
1. Many supermarkets scoop poinsettias in with flowers, placing them by the store’s front door in the hope customers will be tempted on the way in or out. But, you should never buy a poinsettia sat next to a set of automatic doors that open every 30 seconds, because it will have been damaged by those UK winds it never had to experience in Mexico. Exposure to draught or temperatures below 12°C will cause damage. Although it’s not visible at first, it may cause the poinsettia to drop its leaves soon after being brought home.
2. A healthy poinsettia plant will have intact bracts. If the little yellow buds between the coloured bracts – the actual flowers – still look tight then you’ll know that the quality of the plant is good.
3. If possible, check your poinsettia’s soil before buying. It should be neither dripping wet nor totally dry, and if it is, it’s probably not been given proper TLC so might not last in your care.
4. Finally, when you’ve chosen your poinsettia, protect it from the wind and make sure to wrap it up in paper for the journey home.
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5. Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water. Always remember that the plant’s root bale should neither dry out nor be drenched. Overwatering can quickly lead to waterlogging, which in turn causes root rot and leaves you with a dead plant.
6. You should get into habit of inspecting its leaves. If they’re turning yellow or falling off, you’re probably not watering it right. Much like the case with orchids, many flower enthusiasts mean well but overwater poinsettias when they only really need a little. A small sip once every two days will be sufficient, or if you’re opting to immerse the whole root bale in water, rather than pouring, then just one dip per week should do. Small pots need watering more often than big ones, and remember: poinsettias prefer room-temperature water.
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In the right temperature
7. Poinsettias need warmth and light. It can be kept close to a radiator but it must be kept away from draughts. (that means NO fireplaces, open doorways, open windows or breezy hallways).
8. Just keep it somewhere that attracts daylight; a windowsill would work, so long as the window isn’t left open, and bear in mind its favourite temperature falls between 15 – 20°C, so it should be happy in most living rooms.
Life after Christmas
9. To ensure it survives until next year, you will need to prune the poinsettia in April, to about 10cm (4in), and keep it at a temperature of 13°C. Repot in May and grow it in a cool and light place over summer, ideally at a temperature of 15-18°C.
‘When November comes around, it is time to start forcing the plant – it will require 12 hours of bright daylight followed by 12 hours of complete darkness to alert it to the shorter days of winter, which will encourage the red flowers to flourish,’ advises the team at Lechuza.
TIP: You could make a floral arrangement…
If you can’t keep your poinsettia alive, chop it up and boil it for a beautiful floral arrangement, suggests Stars for Europe. Trim off at the stems below the bracts (the colourful leaves), dip the cut ends in boiling water for 20 seconds to remove the white sap, and then immediately place in cold water. Your leaves should stay vibrant and red for up to a week. Then, just arrange in a vase with or without other fresh flowers.
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‘Whilst poinsettias make a beautiful standalone feature, there are many more festive uses for them,’ explains Lechuza. ‘They make a stunning garland weaving up a staircase and around bannisters; or add a traditional touch of class to the Christmas tree with some poinsettia flowers nestled among the branches. They also make for eye-catching wreaths and add a great centrepiece on the Christmas dinner table.’
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AND REMEMBER… National Poinsettia Day
The poinsettia originates from Mexico and was introduced to the US back in 1828 by Mr Joel Roberts Poinsett, the then US diplomat in Mexico. National Poinsettia Day, which takes place worldwide on 12 December, commemorates his death.
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25 stunning Christmas wreaths for the festive season
18inch Light Up Golden Leaves Wreath Marks & Spencer marksandspencer.com £12.50
Add some glitter to celebrate the season in style – and this wreath is already decorated in lights for extra sparkle!
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Frosted pine cone wreath 40cm THE WHITE COMPANY selfridges.com £17.50
This hanging frosted pine cone wreath will look stunning both inside your home and out.
John Lewis & Partners Traditions Ruby Bauble Wreath, Red John Lewis & Partners johnlewis.com £35.00
Shiny baubles gives this wreath a pop of colour.
John Lewis & Partners Snowscape Pine Cone and Mistletoe Wreath, Green / White John Lewis & Partners johnlewis.com £12.00
Get your home set for the festive season with this beautiful pinecone and mistletoe wreath.
Artificial wreath with berries The Seasonal Aisle wayfair.co.uk £45.99
Elevate your home this Christmas with a classic festive style.
50cm Eucalyptus & Laurel Christmas Wreath Lights4fun lights4fun.co.uk £34.99
We love the pretty bow detailing on this Christmas wreath.
Floral Heart Christmas Wreath Matalan matalan.co.uk £8.00
We’re dreaming of a white Christmas and this heart-shaped wreath is perfect for helping to set the scene.
House Led Lit Wreath Laura Ashley lauraashley.com US$38.50
Bring an element of fun into your home this season with Laura Ashley’s unique take on the wreath.
Glitter Eucalyptus Christmas Wreath (50cm) matalan.co.uk £10.00
This champagne gold glitter eucalyptus will bring some Christmas sparkle to your home.
Peacock Feather Wreath Amara amara.com £285.00
Add a statement to your home with this decadent feather wreath.
Christmas Tinsel & Bauble Wreath Matalan matalan.co.uk £6.00
This tinsel and bauble wreath is excellent for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Succulent Christmas wreath Paperchase paperchase.com £5.00
Succulent and cacti lovers will adore this playful style. Best of all, it doesn’t need watering.
24inch Extra Large Nordic Bauble Wreath Marks & Spencer marksandspencer.com £8.85
This beautiful Nordic-inspired wreath is sure to make a statement on your front door.
Fir Leaf Wreath with Red Berries Liberty London libertylondon.com £55.96
Keep it simple with this berry and pinecone wreath from Liberty London…
Pre Lit Star Wreath Marks & Spencer marksandspencer.com £7.50
Because Christmas is never complete without festive stars…
Glitter Leaf Wreath with Pearl Berries – Silver Amara amara.com £12.00
Are you on the hunt for something more subtle? Why not get your hands on this elegant wreath with pearl berries.
Scandi eucalyptus Christmas wreath Paperchase paperchase.com £2.40
Sometimes, less is more. This affordable eucalyptus wreath is a beautiful addition in any home.
Glitter Leaf and Cone Wreath Amara amara.com £9.00
Make a statement this Christmas with this gold door wreath.
Mistletoe Christmas Wreath Micro Light Bundle Lights4fun lights4fun.co.uk £31.99
With frosted leaves and mini white berries, this artificial wreath is sure to make your days happy and bright.
Star Twigs Wreath Liberty London libertylondon.com £44.00
Silver stars makes this wreath perfect to hang in your home throughout December.
13inch Snowy Pinecone Wreath Marks & Spencer marksandspencer.com £5.00
This red and white snowy Christmas wreath ticks all the boxes.
Starry Night LED Christmas Wreath Dibor notonthehighstreet.com £20.00
Welcome guests to your home with this Nordic style wreath, perfect for neutral, pared-back interiors.
Candied Apples And Pinecone Christmas Wreath Dibor notonthehighstreet.com £12.00
Hand-crafted in the UK, this apple and pine cone wreath brings a nice touch.
Pre-Lit Illuminated 60cm Christmas Wreath The Seasonal Aisle wayfair.co.uk £36.99
Holly, leaves, baubles and cherry-red flowers adorn this large pre-lit wreath.
Pinecones Lit Christmas Wreath Very.co.uk very.co.uk £19.99
The best of both: this pinecone style is attached with twinkling lights.
Olivia Heath Digital Editor, House Beautiful UK Olivia Heath is the Digital Editor at House Beautiful UK, uncovering tomorrow’s biggest home trends, delivering stylish room decor inspiration and rounding up the hottest properties on the market.
Plants with dark foliage offer contrast in the garden.
Black may be a staple in the fashion world, but isn’t quite as ubiquitous in the gardening world. Although true-black plants are a rarity in nature, there are many dark purples, browns and greens that come close to black, and dark cultivars are being introduced at an increasing rate. Most gardens are a sea of green with flowers providing color and foliage offering contrast with different textures. Mixing in plants with dark-colored foliage can really make a difference in the landscape or containers. Of course plants with purple leaves make a great contrast with plants with lighter foliage for visual interest, but dramatic designs can be created with all dark-leaved plants for a very unusual effect.
Purple foliage pairs well with brightly colored flowers.
Dark foliage shows up best in full sun; dark plants in the shade tend to disappear, so it is best to limit their use in shady spots. They can be used as accent plants to be viewed up close or as a focal point to highlight other colors in the garden. Additionally, incorporating woody plants with dark foliage can create a nice backdrop for other plants and flowers.
Purple foliage combines well with any other colored foliage, including blue, gold and silver, for even more contrast. Putting a plant with dark purple leaves near another with bright chartreuse leaves makes the lighter color really pop. Variegated plants are more striking beside darker colors. Flowers with strong, saturated colors tend to enhance purple foliage, and hot colors really make a statement against the dark leaves which balance their shocking shades. Pairing dark foliage with pastel flower colors add a degree of sophistication and elegance. In a moon garden dark-colored plants add contrast to the silver foliage and white flowers during the day, but at night they virtually disappear so the white pops even more.
There are a plethora of plants – including annuals, herbaceous perennials, and trees and shrubs for nearly every growing condition – with cultivars that offer a change from green. Colors range from nearly true black to bright red, and every shade of purple, maroon, and brown in between.
Amaranthus ‘Early Splendor’.
An ornamental pepper with black leaves and red fruit.
Many types of Amaranthus have dark foliage, including ‘Hopi Red Dye’ and ‘Early Splendor’ among others, but most tend to lean more toward the red than purple range of colors.
- Purple cultivars of basil (Ocimum basilicum), such as ‘Opal’ or ‘Purple Ruffles’ have purple to black leaves.
- Ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum) such as ’Black Pearl’ and ‘Purple Flash’ have dark foliage and purple-black fruits.
- Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’ is a tall ornamental millet with dark purple leaves that offers vertical interest.
- Beefsteak plant (Perilla frutescens) is an herb in the mint family with ruffled purple with a peppery-basil smell. It can self-sow prolifically if allowed to flower.
‘Purple Majesty’ provides drama in the garden for both color contrast and vertical interest.
There are many cultivars of castor bean, with ornamental types selected for different leaf color and plant height.
- Several cultivars of castor bean (Ricinus communis) have bronze-red or purple leaves, including ‘Carmencita Bright Red’, ‘New Zealand Purple’, and ‘Red Spire’.
Tender perennials grown as annuals in the Midwest
- Tropical-looking Canna spp. usually have wide, green leaves, but some cultivars, such as ‘Tropicanna Black’ and ‘Wyoming’ have solid purple leaves. ‘Black Knight’ has black and green leaves with garnet red flowers. ‘Red Wine’ is a dwarf cultivar with vivid red flowers atop dark-burgundy stems and leaves. ‘Phaison’ has variegated leaves that start out intense purple but become striped with green, yellow, pink, and red.
Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’.
- Some varieties of elephant’s ear (Colocasia esculenta) have dark foliage, such as ‘Black Magic’ with matte-black, two-foot long leaves and ‘Illustris’ with 18-inch leaves of grey-black highlighted with lime green veins and edges.
HIbiscus acetocella ‘Red Shield’.
- Hibiscus acetosella ‘Panama Red’, ‘Red Shield’, and others (perennial in zones 8-10) is grown primarily for its striking dark purple-red, serrated leaves rather than its wine colored flowers.
- The dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ has dark mahogany foliage and garnet-red flowers. ‘Fascination’ has dark foliage and lilac semi-double flowers with yellow stamens. Many other cultivars are offered with dark foliage ranging from brown to purple to black.
‘Blackberry Heart’ sweet potato vine.
- Several cultivars of sweet potato vine, Ipomoea batatas, have dark foliage. ‘Blackie’ has heart-shaped, deeply notched ebony leaves, while ‘Midnight Lace’ had sharply lobed, glossy purple-black leaves. Many other cultivars also have dark foliage.
- Oxalis regnelli var. triangularis (often offered as O. triangularis) has purple shamrock-shaped leaves and small pink flowers. It is often sold as a houseplant, but can be used as a seasonal plant in the ground (zones 8-11).
- Pennisetum purpureum ‘Princess Molly’ is a purple-foliaged grass (zones 8-10).
- Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum) forms clumps of deep purple foliage topped by fluffy light-catching seed-heads. Various cultivars are available.
Wizard® Chocolate coleus.
- There are numerous cultivars of coleus (Plectranthus scutellariodes) with dark foliage ranging from red to very dark purple, in solid colors or variegated in a variety of patterns. Some examples include ‘Black Lace’, ‘Dark Star’, ‘Fishnet Stockings’, ‘Inky Fingers’, ‘Merlot’, ‘Othello’, ‘Purple Emperor’ or ‘Red Ruffles’.
A mass planting of Strobilanthes dyerianus.
- Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) has glossy, pointed dark maroon to purple leaves with colorful veining and a silver sheen to the foliage (zone 10, root hardy maybe to zone 8).
Aeonium arboreum ‘Schwartzkopf’
- The tender succulent Aeonium arboreum ‘Schwartzkopf’ or ‘Zwartkop’ (and various other spellings) has a rosette of glossy leaves so dark purple they appear black (zones 9-10).
Alternanthera ‘Purple Knight’.
- Many cultivars of the tropical perennial Alternanthera dentata (zone 10), such as ‘Purple Knight’ are noted for their rich purple to burgundy leaves.
Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’
- Aguja reptans ‘Black Scallop’ forms a low carpet of rounded, glossy, purple-black leaves, especially intensely colored in full sun (zones 3-9). ‘Burgundy Glow’, ‘Purple Brocade’, and others also have purple or purple-tinged foliage.
- Actaea (=Cimicifuga) simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’, ‘Brunette’, and other seelcted cultivars have large astilbe-like leaves of purple black, and pink bottlebrush flower spikes in early fall (zones 3-9).
- Japanese parsley (Cryptotaenia japonica atropurpurea) has ruffled purple-black foliage and stems and umbels of tiny white flowers in summer (zones 5-8).
- Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’ produces mounds of dark bronze-purple leaves with deep purple stems that are a big contrast to the clusters of small white flowers in fall (zones 3-7).
- Many Heuchera and Heucherella cultivars have purple foliage, including ‘Amethyst Myst’, ‘Bressingham Bronze’, ‘Chocolate Veil’, ‘Obsidian’, ‘Plum Pudding’ or ‘Palace Purple‘, and many others (zones 4-9).
Penstemon digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ in spring.
A purple-foliaged tall Sedum nestles amid green foliage.
The new foliage of Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ is purple, especially in spring (zones 3-8).
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’
- A few cultivars of culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) have darker foliage.
- There are a number of Sedum varieties with purple foliage, including ‘Bertram Anderson’, ‘Matrona’, ‘Morchen’, and ‘Vera Jameson’ (zones 2/3-9).
- Trifolium repens ‘Atropurpureum’ (also called ‘Pentaphyllum’ or Dark Dancer™) has foliage that is three or four-leaved, dark purple-red with a green margin (zones 4-9).
Trees and shrubs
The dark foliage of ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple against pink azalea.
- Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ and ‘Emperor II’, have dark maroon foliage in spring and summer that turns crimson in the fall. Most cultivars of Japanese maple are not reliably hardy in most of Wisconsin, other than these two which are rated as zones 4-8. Other less hardy cultivars can be grown as container plants to overwinter in a protected area.
- Purple Leaf Sand Cherry, Prunus x cisterna, is an upright deciduous shrub that can be trained as a small tree. It has reddish purple foliage that retains good color throughout the summer (zones 2-8).
- Smokebush or smoketree (Cotinus coggygria) ‘Royal Purple’, is an upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree with dark red-purple leaves that turn scarlet in fall (zones 5-9). ‘Velvet Cloak’ is another cultivar with deep purple foliage that turns orange-red in autumn.
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’.
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’.
- Eastern ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) ‘Diabolo’ or ‘Diablo’, has deep burgundy foliage that becomes almost black by midsummer and clusters of pink-tinged white flowers in late spring (zones 3-7).
- Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Black Beauty™, is a deciduous shrub with deep rich purple dissected foliage and pink flowers in spring, followed by edible purplish black berries (zones 4-8).
- ‘Black Lace’ Weigela florida Wine and Roses® is a deciduous shrub with reddish-pink flowers in spring and purple foliage (zones 4-8).
And if dark foliage isn’t enough, try adding some “black” flowers to the mix, such as:
- Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’, a columbine that was bred especially for cut flower production, with fully double, purplish black, spurless blossoms that resemble small dahlias.
- Iris chrysographes, with reddish violet to dark violet flowers.
Petunia ‘Black Velvet’
Black Petunias, such as ‘Black Velvet’ and the black and yellow or white ‘Phantom’ and ‘Pinstripe.’
- ‘Black Parrot’ and ‘Queen of Night’ are some of the “black” tulips that are really a deep purple.
- Viola ‘Bowles Black’ has velvety purple flowers, as do other cultivars such as ‘Black Moon’ and‘Black Prince’.
- ‘Black Forest’ calla (Zantedeschia aethiopica) has shiny, deep purple flowers with dark red edging.
– Susan Mahr, University of Wisconsin – Madison
No matter what shade of green your thumb is, you’ll find support for your lawn and garden projects at The Home Depot. We carry a wide variety of all types of plants, from indoor plants and house plants to succulents and snake plants. You’ll find small house plants, large house plants and everything in between.
Indoor House Plants Can Do More Than Look Pretty
In addition to adding beauty to your home, indoor plants can actually help to purify the air. Some indoor house plants are better for air purifying than other indoor plants. Air plants are small indoor house plants that get most of their nutrition from the air and require very little water.
Succulents are a great choice for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time caring for their indoor plants. Because they live where rainfall is scarce, succulents store water in their leaves. Grown all over the world, succulents are easy to grow and can survive dry tropical or semi-tropical climates, like deserts and steppes. They can also be grown in containers.
Cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. We also have flowering cactus plants if you want to add some color to your cacti. Similar to cacti, ZZ plants can grow in harsh conditions and only need watering every couple of weeks.
Aloe Vera Plants, Snake Plants & Other Plants
Known for its healing properties, you’ll wow your friends with our aloe vera plants. Aloe plants like light, but not direct light. A north or south-facing kitchen window is a convenient home for your aloe plant. Water them only when the soil dries out.
Like its name suggests, snake plants have spiky, glossy leaves that extend into the air. They make great indoor plants since they soak up lots of sunshine and don’t need a lot of watering.
Named for its coin-shaped leaves, Chinese money plants, or pilea plants, offer a splash of green color that can brighten any room. Monstera plants add color to spaces as well but are much larger house plants than pilea plants. We also carry fiddle leaf figs, which feature large, wavy leaves.
When it comes to indoor house plants, whether you’re searching for small house plants or large house plants, The Home Depot has you covered.