FUNKY VEINS & VARIEGATION
• 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!