Best Variegated Plants to Brighten Your Landscape

The brilliant colors of variegated plants add a dramatic touch to any landscape. They have bright, colorful leaves that make them stand out in the landscape. The variegation in the leaves can be due to a genetic mutation.

But did you know that not every variegated plant is created equal? Some are better than others. Here are some of the best-variegated plants to brighten your landscape.


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Azaleas are beautiful flowering and variegated shrubs that come in many different varieties. Some varieties have single flowers, while others have double flowers. The flowers are usually white, red, pink, with yellow or white throats. These plants grow in acid soils and require plenty of water during the growing season. 

They need partial shade to full shade with afternoon sun exposure. They are also susceptible to root rot, so you should not plant them where water accumulates in the soil.

Cape Jasmine

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Cape Jasmine is a popular shrub that adds texture to any landscape. Its leaves are bright green with a silvery underside that adds interest to your garden. Cape jasmine produces clusters of white flowers during the spring and early summer months, adding even more allure to this plant. Cape Jasmine thrives in full sun to partial shade and moist soil.

Heavenly Bamboo

The heavenly bamboo is a unique shrub with white and green variegated foliage and a clumping growth habit. Its most appealing feature is its beautiful foliage with finely cut leaves that turn yellow, orange, and red in winter before falling off. 

Once established, variegated heavenly bamboo is drought-resistant and needs very little water or care. A mature plant reaches heights and widths of 3 to 4 feet, giving it a rounded appearance. The heavenly bamboo does well in full sun or partial shade and needs little pruning.


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They are among the popular garden shrubs, and many varieties are available with variegated leaves. One type of hydrangea that has variegated leaves is the ‘Limelight’ variety (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’). This shrub has attractive white flowers that turn pink as they mature, but its main attraction is its foliage.

This plant loves shade and blossoms with beautiful flowers during the spring and summer months. They are low maintenance and are easy to grow in your garden.

Variegated Holly Tree

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Holly trees are known for their red berries and glossy green leaves during the holiday season. The leaves have irregular splotches of creamy yellow and silver-green, making them a striking specimen tree in your landscape.

The variegated holly can be used as a privacy screen or hedge when planted together because it grows tall. The tree grows best in partial shade to full shade locations. They are also low maintenance and easy to care for.


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Weigela is a hardy, easy-to-grow shrub that produces trumpet-shaped flowers. They are a deep pink color and appear in late spring and early summer. The leaves of the variegated weigela are green with creamy white edges. 

Weigela grows best in full sun to part shade and can reach up to 6 feet tall. Ensure you provide it with plenty of space for growth. Trim it back after the blooming period to maintain its shape and size.

Rose of Sharon

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Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is a very popular flowering shrub loved for its colorful flowers. It’s a beautiful, summer-flowering shrub that blooms from mid-summer until fall. ‘Aphrodite’ is a dwarf variety with beautiful white and green leaves variegated leaves.

The variegation in the leaves consists of yellow and white patches that look very dramatic against the bright green edge of the leaf. Ensure you plant the rose of Sharon in well-draining soil, and do not let it dry out between watering. The Rose of Sharon does well as a hedge, accent plant, or background plant.


Adding variegated plants to your landscape is a great way to add interest and beauty. There are many different types of plants to choose from, so you are sure to find one that will suit your needs. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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