Like succulents, Coleus have really grown on me.
In the shade, in containers, and even in the sun, Coleus are a colorful & textured addition to the garden.
Traditionally thought of as shade plants, many of the new varieties are tolerant of sun.
With 600 varieties, the diversity of foliage color, leaf shape, and growth habit run the gamet.
Ok, let’s get down to business…
How to care for Coleus ~ a growing guide:
All Coleus prefer evenly moist garden soil.
If planting in a container use a time released fertilizer, like my three secrets.
In garden beds if your soil is rich, organic & drains well the plants should be fine without extra nutrition.
Pinch the tips of the stems regularly to encourage branching and compact growth.
Hardy only to Zone 10, Coleus cannot withstand frost without damage.
In colder climates, plants can be overwintered on a sunny windowsill, or take tip cuttings in early fall to start new plants. Coleus root very readily in a cup of water.
Some types of Coleus:
- Kong Jr. Green Halo
- Kong Jr. Rose
- Kong Jr. Lime Vein
- Chocolate Mint
- Red Ruffles
- Gay Delight
- Rustic Orange
You know who loved Coleus? The Victorians ~ during that period there was a bit a of Coleus craze.
I am enjoying mine planted with mums & Dusty Miller in my front porch containers.
What do you think about Coleus?
** Kelly **