Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My new love for coleus

I have a special person in my life that I think of every time I see the coleus plant.  While we were putting together planters for a client one day, she told me that coleus was her favorite plant because it had so many amazing varieties.  I didn't think much of it at the time, but over the past couple of years, through careful observation, I would have to agree with her. 

Who can argue with this?  Absolutely stunning!  (Planted with potato vine.)

Unfortunately, coleus doesn't fair well in my climate due to the extreme temperature fluctuations, dry air and our 3 month growing season.  However, you can count on seeing it in almost any container garden in the garden magazines.  It is so versatile and will complement almost any color palette.  Check out these beauties.



So Bold!

 


 'Watermelon' Coleus via Burpee.com
                    
Coleus Signature™ Juicy Lucy via Hort Couture

             
Image this variety with 'White Swan' Echinacea, Allysum and Blue Lobelia.  True eye candy!

If you decide to add this amazing plant to your container garden, remember to "pinch off" the leggy foliage to encourage tight and compact branching from the base.  They also require plenty of water and prefer full sun to light shade.  Coleus can be usually found at any home and garden center.  You can also grow it from seed. 

After researching coleus for this blog, I am anxious to get planting my container gardens!  It's amazing how much these photographs remind me of that special person in my life.  Coleus plants are confident, colorful (yet delicate in character), inviting to many, easy to love, enjoyable to be around and represent the beauty that is all around us.  Thank you, Friend, for sharing one of your beloved favorites to me.  It is a constant, bright light in the gardening world in which I live.



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1 comment :

  1. I count myself as a coleus lover -- not only for the variety of textures and colors, but because it's easy to root. Just take a clipping, place it in water, and roots appear. It's a nice way to make more plants or to keep a plant line going over the winter months.

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