Today I want to share with you a garden where a simple change has been used to really switch things up. Rather than relying on annual flowers for summer long colour, Coleus, a plant valued typically for its colorful foliage, has been used instead.
Coleus is one plant that I find is a bit ploarizing. You either like it or think it's hideous.
Its crazy colors are not exactly for the faint of heart: burnt orange, vivid magenta, lime green, deep burgundy and chartreuse to name, but a few. Even more outrageous is the fact that these wild colors are often splashed across a single leaf.
Personally I like coleus, but it never occurred to me to use them in a mass planting as you would annual flowers.
The originality of this simple switch-out impressed me.
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A COLORFUL PART-SHADE ANNUAL
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Published March 5th, 2014 9:38 AM
Debbie Chapman on Mar 29, 2014I love love love coleus! Looking forward to planting several varieties this year! I love how I can pinch it off, the original plant branches out, & I can make more plants from the pinchings/cuttings! I am already preparing my order for Rosy Dawn Gardens, where I have found I can get a wider selection than my local garden centers carry. I had good luck with the plants they shipped me last year. I love mixing coleus in with my container plantings! In the fall, I especially love seeing the fullness & color of the container coleus! I'm so sad to see my coleus die with the first or second frost! I'm excited now, & can't wait for spring!