This is another plant that evokes memories, taking me back to my childhood. My mother has had coleus growing, in her flower beds and pots, since as far back as I can remember. The texture and color of the coleus is stunning, there are so many variations. You can use them add color to your landscape or patio area.
There are so many different types of coleus, something for everyone. So many different leaf colors: yellow, red, pink, green, burgundy, black, purple, chartreuse, deep gold. The leaf shape and size has a huge range too. From flat to frilled, large full leaves to spiked, tall plants to trailing.
Coleus like Sun
The above variety has a bright pink center paired with dark green trim. They are slightly frilled with a scallop edge. A pot of this coleus is mixed with a bright royal purple flower. The results are eye-catching. These pots fill the deck rail at my parent’s home. It’s stunning.
The coleus plant likes sun, their colors will become more vivid if placed in direct light. Don’t let this stop you from adding this plant to your partial sun gardens. Although the colors are more vivid in direct sun they are still gorgeous in partial sun, the colors are just softer in appearance.
Coleus are simple to grow and they’re also easy to start from cuttings placed in a glass of water. I love a plant that I can easily turn into 2 or 3 or more, from cuttings.
The coleus is considered an annual in the colder winter regions. But in warmer regions, where the frost does not kill the plant, they are perennial. If you live in a colder area you can move your coleus inside for winter and take it back outside in the spring.
From early spring until the fall frost coleus add color to your landscape and gardens. I love that I can count on the continuous color from this plant before other flowers bloom and after floral blooming cycles are over for other garden plants.
Variations of the Plant
As I was looking around online, I found some great gardening sites with fun variations of the plant. Check them out, there’s something for everyone. Here are some really fun options:
Dexter: Bright Green with cool markings.
New Hurricane: Really cool leaf shape, almost like an oak leaf.
Black Lace: Fantasy leaves in deep purple and pale green.
Bone Fish: From “Under the Sea” collection. Really cool, dissected leaves and markings.
Kiwi Fern: Thin, frilly leaves in purple, red and yellow high lights.
Theatre Velvet– Highly textured and frilled leaves in deep purple, plum and magenta
This plant can be used to add interest and color to any area of your home or gardens. Check them out, they aren’t just your grandmother’s version anymore.