Planted Coleus Mix
Coleus is grown for its brilliant, glowing foliage rather than flowers. This is an outstanding mixture formulated to provide the best and brightest colors of medium-sized leaf varieties. Spectacular for beds and borders.
Plants are about one foot high and ideal for borders and as houseplants. The rainbow variety is probably the most popular of coleus and this mixture includes the complete color band, from cream to deep scarlet. They do need to have the flower buds removed if you want them to stay compact. If they bloom they tend to become leggy.
GARDEN designers know that when it comes to annuals, it’s not just about the flowers — foliage matters, too. And when it comes to foliage, coleus tops the list. Though it has fallen in and out of favor over the past couple of centuries, this member of the mint family is popular again, and the selection is better than ever.
When breeders try to create new plants, the focus is often on new color combinations. In recent years, other considerations have become prominent, too:
- delayed flowering
- more prolific branching
- special growth habits, such as compact and trailing
How to Choose:
The variability in patterns is amazing, with solid colors, splashes, blotches, streaks, flecks, margins and veins. Color intensity varies, depending on sunlight, heat sensitivity and other conditions. The term “sun coleus” refers to selections that tolerate more sun. The varieties with dark leaves tend to tolerate more sun, while lighter varieties need more shade to minimize leaf scorch. Morning sun and dappled afternoon shade tends to maintain consistent foliage coloration. Too little light will encourage a weak-stemmed, less vigorous plant without the best color.