Try coleus to freshen containers and add color to beds

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog coleaus1Coleus comes in a multitude of colors. It's easy to grow and will add instant color in the garden. Photos by Doug Oster

Coleus is an easy to grow shade loving annual which can take some sun, especially in the morning.

It's tough enough to live just about anywhere.

blog coleus flowerI like the flowers of coleus.The color palette is wide with solids and lots of interesting variegations.

I use the plant this time of the year to freshen containers which were planted in early spring. Usually they are filled with pansies which have started to fade in the summer heat. I like to use euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' to compliment the coleus.

The plant is also a great one to fill holes inthe garden where nothing is blooming. Coleus planted in three or four drifts of five plants though a bed add instant color.

Flats of annuals start to go on sale this time of the year, it's a great way to try some things which will make you stretch as a gardener. Different color combinations of the coleus and different leaf shapes.

Even though the plant is grown for its foliage, the flowers are pretty too. Many gardeners pinch the flowers out to get the plants to branch. I leave them on, the hummingbirds love them and so do I.

Coleus loves warm weather and needs water to thrive.

If you need some quick color, try coleus, the plants will thrive until frost.

blog coleaus 2Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' is a great combination plant for coleus.


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