Perennials with striking foliage add a strong presence to the garden that doesn't fade as quickly as floral finery can. Leaves linger all season long, weaving steady notes of color, texture and interest into a planting bed. Try a few of these perennials that unfurl eye-catching foliage.
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
With velvety leaves that are pest- and disease-free, Lady's Mantle brings carefree elegance to a planting. Chartreuse flowers appear from late spring to midsummer. Plants self-sow freely; remove spent blooms to keep plants from spreading.
Bright chartreuse blooms top stems in spring; leaves blaze coppery red in fall. After flowering, cut plants back by half to encourage branching and eliminate flopping. Drought tolerant and deer resistant.
Foliage features silver speckles, splotches or all-over color. Spring blooms open pink, fading to blue. Allow plants to self-sow, and you'll discover more leaf patterns as seedlings won't come true to parents. Deer-resistant.