Gardeners sometimes have mixed feelings about variegated plants. On one hand, they add color when the plant is out of bloom. On the other hand, variegated plants can be less vigorous compared to similar, non-variegated varieties. For those who like variegation, here are two new plants to try.
Throughout most of the country forsythia has finished blooming. While gardeners love the bright yellow flowers in spring, the shrub holds little interest after the flowers fade. Now there's a variegated forsythia that adds interest throughout the summer and fall. Kumson forsythia (Forsythia koreana 'Kumson') is a 4- to 5-foot-tall plant that features the usual bright yellow flowers in spring and green leaves trimmed with silver all season. 'Kumson' grows well in part shade to full sun and is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9.
Daylilies are another ordinary plant that is barely noticed unless it's in flower. However, this new variegated daylily will grab your attention just by its leaves. 'Golden Zebra' daylily (Hemerocallis malja) produces 3-inch-diameter, yellow flowers in midsummer, but has striking green leaves with gold stripes from spring until fall. The foliage grows 18 to 24 inches tall and makes an excellent companion to other perennials, such as blue salvia and red coreopsis. 'Golden Zebra' grows well in part to full sun and is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9.
For more information on these new variegated plants, go to: Wayside Gardens.
Article published on May 4, 2005.