Saturday, September 18, 2010

I added Coleus to my garden


Solenostemon "Coleus" #7387
Originally uploaded by Nemo's great uncle

Do you love Coleus plants? Last week I bought a 6 pack of all different Coleus. Wow.
My garden can not contain ALL the types of plants that I like, and I am so glad I added these to shade and semi-shaded areas. One by one, we add plants we like, don't we?
The color variety for Coleus leaves is incredible, ranging in colors from copper, peach, fiery red, white, green, yellow and pink, and to a maroon so dark it approaches black.
I read that it is really an annual since the plants are tender and won't tolerate frost. Coleus range from 6 inches tall to 3 feet tall, and include trailing varieties too.
You can take cuttings before the first freeze, root them in water or cutting mix, plant when roots develop, and winter them indoors.
Some Coleus thrive in full sun, and many prefer semi-shade or shade. I found a place online that sells only Coleus at rosydawngardens.com (their ordering season is ended until Dec. 1, 2010) and I haven't bought from them, but wow, they sell 300 varieties. The photos at their website are very inspiring, including a purple Coleus. This link is working now, as of Sept. 21. I had typed it in wrong, sorry!
I think Coleus are very pretty indeed.
Do you grow them?

22 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I love these plants, and they are probably some I miss most not setting out annuals. (the racoons and chipmunks dig up everything...)
They have bred so many beautiful colors; what a treat to the eye!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Mari said...

We love Coleus too! They are so colorful. Somehow we never got any planted this year though.

Mumsy said...

I do love Coleus and think they are beautiful. I really enjoyed reading the information you posted. I learned some things about Coleus that I did not know. Thank you for posting the information. The ones in your garden are beautiful! Hugs

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love coleus and there are so many colors! Love when they bush out....have a great weekend.

Catherine said...

Look at you ~ you lucky girl ~ adding flowers to your beautiful yard and I was ripping my frost bitten plants out today before the ground and pot dirt is too frozen. I love coleus ~ it just adds so much interst doesn't it.

Enjoy your garden Terra!
xo Catherine

Amrita said...

Yes we hav e coleus.

Jemi Fraser said...

Coleus plants are gorgeous! I love the ways yours are all packed it together - so pretty! :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I haven't had any in years but they have the most amazing color.
They look beautiful.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you and I'm happy to find your blog.
I really do enjoy coleus. The variety of colors always bring such colorful life to a garden. Coleus just seem so perfect for fall!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Terra,

Oh - I love your new plants. What beautiful colors. Wish I had some.
Have a lovely week.

Erin

stefanie said...

I love how they look all together!!!
thanks for the sweet comment you left me!

Sue said...

Terra, I've placed a few coleus in my planters with some other annuals to give a lot of color. I am not a gardener, by any means, so I didn't know it could winter inside. I like to look at other people's flowers, but only set out a few pots outside my front door each summer. It is all I can do to keep them alive! LOL

David said...

that is so very gorgeous! I want one for my window sill

Nezzy said...

I just adore 'em to fill in and add a pop of the unusual in my cottage garden. Thank for sharin' your info on this beautiful annual.

You have a glorious day sweetie!!!

Daisy said...

Such a lovely collection of coleus. It is surprising what a variety of them there are. :-)

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog today. Nice to meet you!

lotusgirl said...

Those look beautiful. So bright and cheerful. I wish I were a better gardener.

Pondside said...

Coleus comes in so many lovely combinations of colour. Last year I had a beautiful display but this year the late spring and early summer rains caused them all to rot. Next year I'll try again, but perhaps keep them under cover during the deluge.

Terra said...

Hi friends, I had typed in the link to that garden company incorrectly, as one commenter told me, and I fixed it so it is working now. Yes, that company does have purple coleus, among many.

Rebecca said...

Oh girl...I love these plants! I love Coleus and yours are just lovely!

xo~Rebecca

GardenofDaisies said...

The coleus adds so much color!! Beautiful!

Mildred said...

I love the rich colors of these plants but they don't do well for me. I'll just enjoy your pictures and the info you have kindly provided. Have a good weekend.

Tankene said...

Terra, I rooted the purple Coleus and now have two in my kichen window. Great idea! Sparkles