Stunning foliage for sun or shade
Coleus is indispensable when it comes to filling shaded gardens with color. Many varieties will also tolerate sun conditions and can grow to bush-like sizes. To help determine which coleus varieties are best for your needs, check plant tags for light requirements as well as mature size.
Durability in the garden is only one way to appreciate coleus – plant it in mixed containers for the unique color, texture and shape benefits. Some coleus varieties feature a solid color, with or without an alternate hue on the underside of leaves. Others have unusual and multicolored foliage with contrasting veins.
Coleus is easy to grow and requires little care. It prefers moist soil and not a lot of fertilizer – too much plant food dulls its color. If coleus becomes too tall, pinch it to encourage a bushier shape. Removing any flowers that form will help this beauty stay attractive all summer