Gardening Guide Coleus River2u.com
Overview
Coleus are a large group of foliage plants that come in a wide variety of intriguing color combinations and leaf forms. They are usually grown as annuals, since they will not survive a frost. The can be grown as house plants if given enough bright light. Older varieties are grown in the shade outdoors, but newer types will thrive in the sun as long as they are not allowed to dry out. Coleus make wonderful plants in flower borders where they can be planted in mass quantities for a spectacular effect. They also make beautiful container plants. The following should be considered when buying coleus:
  • Select the color, height and spread appropriate for the site.
  • The plants should have healthy looking leaves and vigorous root systems.
Many gardeners pinch back the spiky flowers that grow from the tips of coleus. This keeps the plants very full and lush looking.



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