FUNKY VEINS & VARIEGATION

NZ Gardener - - The Good Life -

• Striped and streaked var­ie­gated plants are con­sid­ered un­couth by so­phis­ti­cated gar­den­ers, but in­doors, any­thing goes! Plants with bold veins and ze­bra stripes like Alo­casi­axa­m­a­zon­ica and Aphe­landra

squar­rosa look best in con­tem­po­rary con­tain­ers, whereas the dar­ling of the 1970s, alu­minium plants (Pilea species), look fab­u­lous in retro pot­tery planters. • Let the white-splotched creep­ing fig,

Fi­cus ‘Frosty’ trail from in­door bas­kets, along with the cream and green, heartshaped leaves of a cupid peper­o­mia

Peper­o­mi­as­can­dens ‘Var­ie­gata’ (page 50). • Var­ie­gated di­ef­fen­bachias are easy-care de­spite their toxic rep­u­ta­tion. They’re known as “dumb cane plants” be­cause eat­ing any part of the plant can cause a painful case of vo­cal cord paral­y­sis!

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