Foliage Cottage Perennial plants are a diverse group known for their vibrant, lush or eye-catching foliage. They offer a wide range of colours, including shades of red, purple, gold, green and variegated patterns. Unlike traditional cottage perennials that mainly focus on flowers, these plants make a bold statement with their foliage alone.
They are different from shrubs or bushes due to their herbaceous nature, meaning they don’t have woody stems, and usually don’t get to big. In Melbourne and Victorian gardens, foliage plants are valued for adding year-round interest that doesn’t rely on flowers, providing contrast and texture in garden beds, and creating stunning focal points with their striking leaves.