foliage plant


Definition of foliage plant 

: a plant grown primarily for its decorative foliage

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Add the tropical look to the landscape with heat-loving foliage plants. Tom Maccubbin,, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Leafy tropicals and other foliage plants including begonias, caladiums, coleus, cannas, ferns, dracaenas and philodendrons can be used for dramatic effect in the shade container. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Reshape taller tree form foliage plants and remove declining limbs. Tom Maccubbin,, "May in the garden," 28 Apr. 2018 This year nearly one third of the 100 top U.S. greenhouse growers plan to increase production of potted foliage plants, said Laura Drotleff, editor of Greenhouse Grower, a trade publication that covers the $700-million foliage-plants industry. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Plant Swaps: The Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants," 7 June 2018 Good fillers include salvias, verbenas, ornamental peppers, and wax begonias, as well as foliage plants like parsley or licorice plants. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 As spring growth begins, now is a good time to give foliage plants a fresh start. Tom Maccubbin,, "Giving foliage plants a fresh spring start," 24 Apr. 2018 Later as new growth begins foliage plants can be reshaped to the ideal size and form. Tom Maccubbin,, "Giving foliage plants a fresh spring start," 24 Apr. 2018 Sitting just beside the visitor entrance there is a 40-foot long and 15-foot high living wall filled with a wild assortment of tropical foliage plants – peperomias, lipstick plants and a whole lot more. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Being a gardener in Kentucky isn't so bad. Here's why," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of foliage plant

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foliage plant was in 1862

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