22 Colorful Shrubs That Put on a Gorgeous Show All Season Long With Their Foliage
When you think of a shrub, a forest-green bush probably comes to mind. However, there are so many colorful shrub varieties out that offer foliage of multiple hues and even flowers. Put on a spring-to-fall show in your landscape with these shrubs that offer spectacular foliage (and some are even evergreen).
The agave species is known for its architectural foliage available in a variety of colors. Some stay small enough for a pot; others send flower spikes that can reach heights of over 30 feet when in bloom. No matter the size, shape, color, or texture, agave adds drama to any garden. Parts of the plant can be made into agave nectar, tequila, and the fiber known as sisal.
Agave americana Mediopicta Alba
This beautiful but slowly offsetting selection of the Mexican Agave americana makes a 2' tall x 3' wide clump with each wide, blue leaf highlighted with a broadcentral stripe of white. Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' is often used as a specimen container plant by gardeners in colder zones. Because of the leaf layer arrangement, Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' is one of the few variegated agave that cannot be successfully tissue cultured.