Add strik­ing shapes and pat­tern in shades of deep pur­ple, in­tense ma­genta, blaz­ing reds and soft sil­vers with fo­liage that goes way past ba­sic green

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Plants that boast strik­ing fo­liage in mag­nif­i­cent shades of red, pur­ple, ma­genta and sil­ver will bring your home and gar­den to life, nat­u­rally

con­trast Kalan­choe or­gyalis ‘Cop­per spoons’

With vel­vety green and cop­per leaves, this suc­cu­lent likes warm, dry con­di­tions and lots of sun­light.

sculp­tural Phormium ‘Ve­neer’

With rich cho­co­late, red and some­times pink tones, this plant adds strik­ing, sculp­tural in­ter­est in gar­dens or pots. It loves sun. Small pot, $14.99, H&M Home.

del­i­cate Nan­d­ina do­mes­tica ‘Fil­a­men­tosa’

The lace-like leaves of this dwarf shrub turn from vivid green to bronze, or­ange or red in the au­tumn. It en­joys sun or shade and flow­ers in late spring. Tara Shack­ell Large Ceramic planter in White Glaze, $85, Koskela.

hot hue Co­prosma ‘Tequila Sun­rise’

Plant this vi­brant ever­green shrub as hedg­ing, in a pot or pool­side. It loves full sun and needs to be pruned for den­sity. Small bas­ket, $29.99, H&M Home.

bold colour Cro­ton co­di­aeum ‘Joseph’s coat’ Cro­tons are known for their bright, fiery fo­liage. Make them pop in a gold or bronze pot. They’re per­fect as house­plants and like lots of light. Cop­per planter, $94, Lightly. fea­ture Euphor­bia tira­c­uli ‘Fire­sticks’

Make a state­ment with this ar­chi­tec­tural suc­cu­lent. Plant in a show-stop­ping pot, or use as hedg­ing. This one likes it hot and sunny! Palm Springs planter in Turmeric, $104, Lightly.

flow­er­ing Con­volvu­lus cne­o­rum ‘Sil­ver­bush’

You’ll be re­warded with a show of pretty white flow­ers for most of the year with this shrub. It loves full sun and thrives in coastal ar­eas. Splat­ter pot in White, $59, Zakkia.

screen­ing Ere­mophila nivea ‘Emu bush’

If you let this plant grow, it will pro­vide pri­vacy as well as a dis­play of pur­ple flow­ers. Grow in a sunny spot. Cami Medium pot, $79.95, Coun­try Road.

easy care Cotyle­don or­bic­u­lata ‘Pig’s ears’

The powdery leaves of this suc­cu­lent give a nice con­trast to plants with darker fo­liage. Plant in a pot or gar­den in full sun. Ceramic pot with saucer, $7, Kmart.

scented La­van­dula stoechas ‘Sil­ver Anouk’

Aside from the clas­sic scent, laven­der is a hardy plant that can be grown any­where, as long as it’s ex­posed to some sun. Large Han­dle pot in White, $39, Zakkia.

trail­ing Di­chon­dra ar­gen­tea ‘Sil­ver falls’

As the name sug­gests, this plant spills over the edges of planters like a wa­ter­fall. Po­si­tion in full sun. Black Metal planter, $132, and Orb Ceramic planter,

$169, DEA Store.

THE LINE UPOP­PO­SITE Cop­per spoons plant, Gar­den Life. Lat­i­tude Wide planter in Nat­u­ral, $189, Fam­ily Love Tree. Etra leather floor cush­ion (80cm x 80cm), $399, Coun­try Road. Basix Linen cur­tain in Sable Sheer (1.45m x 3m), $249, Hale Mer­can­tile Co. ON FLOOR CUSH­ION Throw, $59.99, H&M Home. Chela cush­ion in Beet­root (50cm x 50cm), $69.95, Coun­try Road. ON WALL Haymes Ex­pres­sions In­te­rior Ex­pres­sions Low Sheen Acrylic paint in Deep Canyon, $39.80 for 4L. ON FLOOR Gather Co. “Malina Ter­ra­cotta” Di­a­mond tile (13cm x 22.5cm), from $360 a sq m, Di Lorenzo. Am­bre bou­jad rug, $2100, Tigmi Trad­ing. Geant Rec­tan­gle cush­ion in Burnt Or­ange (40cm x 60cm), $109.95, Eadie Life­style. Mizu teapot, $120, Mizu teacups, $26 each, Shi­garaki Ceramic bowl, $65, and Ja­panese Brass Loop spoon, $36, DEA Store.

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