The Jackson Pollock of houseplants, croton offers outdoor containers splashy foliage in green, red, yellow, orange and black. Leaves range in shape from large almond shapes to curly or strappy and thin. Choose tall plants to stand out above the others in the container. Try popular varieties such as ‘Petra’ at left, ‘Andrew’, which has narrow green leaves with creamy white accents, speckled green-and-yellow ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’, and ‘Mammy’ whose red, green and yellow leaves twist and turn. Crotons need bright light to make their colors pop. In cold-winter regions, bring croton indoors before frost and set it in a high-light area to overwinter.
Type Tender perennial
Blooms Rarely blooms, leaves green, red, yellow, orange or black from spring through frost
Light Full sun to part shade
Size 1 to 8 ft. tall, 1 to 3 ft. wide
Cold-hardy USDA zones 9 to 10
Heat-tolerant AHS zones 12 to 1
Source Local garden centers