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Plants by colour

Although most of us only see green when thinking of plants, there is a far broader spectrum of colours out there than you may imagine. Although plants do tend to be green in colour due to the chlorophyll inside, plants have pink, red, white, yellow, or even highly patterned leaves.

Some plants, like Begonia Rex, are plum-purple with patterned leaves and hardly any green in sight. And there are plants that do not need sunlight to create chlorophyll and so display an array of different colours.

Interflora has listed our plants below by the colour of both their flowers and their leaves. Remember, if a plant is listed as green, it most likely includes green flowers as well as green leaves.

  • Black plants

    Black plants are in fact very dark shades of red, blue, purple and brown. There are no ‘true’ black plants in nature but even so, these striking plants do make a fantastic first impression, whether in your home or in your garden. Black plants in particular often have names associated with the dark arts, the…

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  • Blue plants

    Blue plant colours range from cool icy hues to deep royal blues and the contrast against green leaves and stems is quite breath-taking. Blue coloured houseplants can have a positive effect on your mood and create a feeling of relaxation and calm. You can also grow blue plants in your garden, such as the pale…

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  • Brown plants

    This may seem like an obvious colour for plants, especially trees, but there’s more to brown colours in plants than just stems and dead leaves. Some species of fern are brown all the time and have a delightful rust-coloured look. Some people even prefer their trees when autumn comes and the leaves gradually change colour.…

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  • Green plants

    Probably one of the most common colours of plant in the world, due to the chlorophyll in most plants giving it a green colouring. Shades of green in plants are as varied as any other colour and you can have tones ranging from deep jade to light mint. One of the most well-known green plants…

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  • Orange plants

    It has to be said that orange plants get some of the coolest common names out of all plant colours. Titles such as ‘Flame of the Woods’ and ‘Flaming Sword’ have to be two of the best named plants you can ever grow! Orange plants are real show-stoppers and their vibrant, dazzling colours can bring…

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  • Pink plants

    One of the most delightful plant colours, pink is the colour for affection, young love and everything sweet and lovely. Pink plants in your garden will put a smile on your face every time they bloom, like the gorgeous Gaura lindheimeri that flowers with little pale pink petals in the summer. And for the keen…

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  • Purple plants

    A bold colour that represents luxury and elegance, purple plants can fit in with any colour scheme and add a dramatic touch to any garden landscape. They come in many shades and tones, from pale lilac to a vibrant velvety rich violet. Persian shield is one of the more striking purple plants available and its…

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  • Red plants

    Red is a colour that ignites our senses and inflames passions, and its common names often reflect this. Plants such names such as ‘Scarlet Star’, ‘Winter Cherry’ and ‘Bohemian Garnet’ are intriguing, romantic and invoke thoughts of love and affection. Red plants can vary from pale, almost pink varieties to intense rich red shades and…

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  • Yellow plants

    Bright, bold and beautiful, yellow plants inject a good dose of sunshine into your garden and can do wonders to improve your mood. You should always have at least one plant that explodes with yellow shades in your garden, such as the Canna ‘Yellow King Humbert’ or a spiky yellow Bromeliad. When it comes to…

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  • White plants

    White is a colour that makes us think of innocence, purity and a clean, fresh spring breeze. It’s also a popular colour for winter and white plants can look amazing when distributed through a lush green garden. With white plants, it’s not just the flowers and berries that can be white in colour; the leaves…

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