This Russian variety's name translates to 'Thumbelina' (Nadezhda Berdnikova, hybridizer). It's a miniature with dark green leaves with red backs. If your African violet leaves and stems become long and leggy, that's a signal to give the plant more light. Other signs include yellow leaves and few, if any, flowers.
Problem: Yellowing veins, especially on young, new leaves, or yellow leaves in general. Solution: Yellowing veins may mean your plant needs more iron or magnesium. Give it a trace element fertilizer. If you’re not sure which one to use, take a few sample leaves to your local garden center or nursery and ask for help. Leaves that are turning yellow all over can mean the plant needs fertilizer. Use one formulated for whatever you're growing, such as an orchid or a foliage plant like this Diffenbachia. Follow label directions.
Fill late winter and early spring with the sweet fragrance of daphne. Pink flower buds open to reveal white blooms bursting with perfume. Tuck into dappled shade near an entry where you can savor the scent. Yellow-edged leaves add color all year long. Hardy in Zones 7-9.
Canna lily plants explode with color from striking leaves and exotic flowers. This trio of canna lily varieties adds vivid color to any planting: Tropicanna canna (striped leaves and orange blooms), Tropicanna Gold (green and yellow striped leaves and yellow and orange flowers), and Tropicanna Black (dark leaves and red blooms).
The sweet gum tree's star-shaped leaves turn a mix of colors in the fall, making it a favorite for New York landscape designer Jan Johnsen. Sometimes the same tree can have red, purple, yellow and orange leaves, at the same time.
Trees, shrubs and outdoor pillows bring color to this neutral modern patio. A forsythia tree boasts bright yellow flowers; a shrub with purple leaves bursts with jewel tones; and orange pillows add more warm color.
Grow a touch of the tropics with Tropicanna canna. This south-of-the-border beauty unfurls leaves striped in shades of red, burgundy, pink, gold, yellow and green. Orange blooms complement the colorful leaves. Give canna a spot in full sun for best growth and to enjoy the beauty of leaves backlit by sun. Plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall. Hardy in Zones 7-11.
Allow guests to take in the fall foliage by grouping furniture around large trees. As the leaves begin to change from green to red and orange and yellow, guests can soak up the change of the season, cocktail in hand.
Neutral walls and bed linens create a calm setting in this eclectic bedroom. Curtains patterned with blue, green and brown leaves add subtle decoration framing the large windows. A patterned yellow chair and two upholstered stool seats match the yellow throw pillow propped against the leather headboard. The unique striped base of the stools compliments the warm red glow of the hardwood.
Ilex verticillata is a holly that loses its leaves in fall, leaving stems studded with berries. Commonly known as winterberries, ilex berries are available in bright red, orange or yellow; the yellow ones are great for Thanksgiving and fall arrangements, says grower Bill Prescott, of Stargazer Barn. "Winterberries grow all over the U.S.," he says. "Ours are bred for floral use, so they have long stems and nice, lateral branches that are dense with berries."
Ferns are lovely in the fall, says Jan Johnsen, owner of New York-based Johnsen Landscapes & Pools and author of "Heaven is a Garden." When ferns turn to burnished gold or light yellow, it looks like a filigree of leaves in a soft, quiet fall scene.
Also known as moss rose, portulaca is loved for its ability to grow in the meanest, driest, sunniest, hottest spots. This annual creates a carpet of colorful blooms. Mojave portulaca opens blossoms in red, pink, tangerine and yellow. With thick succulent leaves, it’s no wonder Japanese beetles leave this beauty alone.