Coleus - Versatile and Easy!

'Sedona' Coleus 

What plant likes sun or shade - is Fast Growing - Easy to Grow - Adds a visual POP to planters and beds?
the answer  :  Coleus
(Solenostemon scutellarioides )

Coleus is a versatile foliage plant that is always at your service, no special requirements other than water and maybe a little pinching as the season progresses... and it thrives in part shade!

What's not to love?



It is an exuberant houseplant, a summertime dazzler and a fabuloso filler plant suitable for any and all applications...

It looks especially wonderful in pots. Place several together like this:


Inky Fingers Coleus, Chartreuse Sweet Potato Vine and others


or in a low, wide mouth planter with ferns:


Or you can plant it in shady plant bed alongside the perennial Ladies Mantle ( alchemilla mollis):



Alabama Sunset Coleus with Ladies Mantle

Or you plant it beneath larger plants - as I did below with a weeping blue atlas cedar.

Coleus sports a wide range of leaf types, colors, and color patterns....Below is one of my faves - Coleus 'Kiwi Fern' - same leaf type as 'Inky Fingers' shown above.



Coleus Kiwi fern - courtesy HMA plants




Coleus plants are tender perennials. They do best in temperatures above 55 degrees F. And remember to pinch off the Flower buds as soon as they develop so they keep producing beautiful leaves......


I love the pink leaf varieties. They make a  luscious blend:


My favorite pink coleus is Pink Chaos. This 18 inch high plant has long weeping leaves of iridescent pink, mint green and cream. It can tolerate some sun although a location with morning sun and afternoon shade is best.

Look at Proven Winners website for more info

I planted it in a flower bed along with double impatiens, angelonia, euphorbia 'Diamond Frost':



and it looks great in pots with grasses and flowers as well (photo from Proven Winners) :


There are so many types of coleus that you can plant a vibrant coleus garden in a rainbow of colors in that shady corner of yours....a great site to see photos of coleus is Prove Winners .








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