9 Flowering Plants That Look Beautiful Even When They're Not Blooming

Begonia "Rex"

With its shiny foliage blending blue-green, silver-gray, and burgundy purple, this begonia adds visual interest even without blooms. It thrives in shade or part sun with quick-draining soil.

Blue Star "Arkansas" or "Thread-Leaf"

This plant offers sky-blue flowers in spring and transitions to bright yellow-gold foliage in fall, ensuring year-round attractiveness. It prefers part sun to full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.


Known for its stunning foliage available in various colors, coleus stands out even without flowering. It is easy to grow in part to full shade with moist, well-drained soil.

Coral Bells "Palace Purple"

Featuring leaves ranging from olive to deep purple, with wine-red undersides, this plant provides continual visual appeal. It blooms tiny pinkish-white flowers against dark leaves in partial to full shade with loamy, well-draining soil.

Daphne "Carol Mackie"

This small shrub showcases variegated leaves edged in creamy white and produces small, fragrant white blossoms tinged with pink in spring. It maintains a pleasing mounded shape with minimal pruning and thrives in part shade to sun


Offering a diverse range of foliage shapes, colors, and textures, hostas ensure continual beauty in shaded areas. They thrive in shade to part sun and come in various varieties suitable for different garden settings.

Crepe Myrtle (dwarf and semi-dwarf cultivars)

Besides summer flowers, this plant provides stunning fall foliage in shades of red, yellow, and orange. It prefers full sun and well-draining soil, offering year-round appeal in the garden.

Variegated Jacob's Ladder

This hardy perennial features exotic dark green foliage with cream-yellow margins and bell-shaped blue flowers. It adds beauty whether in bloom or not and thrives in full to partial shade with moist to wet soil.

Persian Shield

Showcasing metallic purple, green, and black foliage, Persian Shield is an eye-catching addition to gardens or as a houseplant. It thrives in full to partial sun with rich, moist soil and maintains visual interest throughout the year.