While all flowers have leaves few are quite as colorful and varied as the coleus. There are some varieties like Limelight that share the pale green shade with many other plants, others come in all the colors of the rainbow from red and orange to purple and black. These ten colorful coleus are described in an article by Sally Roth which I found on the Birds and Blooms website.
Today?s selection of coleus, with countless leaf shapes and colors, no longer needs to hide in the shadows. Many varieties take front and center in sunny gardens, too. Coleus vary almost as much in size and growth habit as in color, and you can?t tell just by looking at a starter plant in your hands. Check the label to see whether it will grow into tidy mounds for edging beds, trailing types to spill over containers, or statuesque giants for a powerful punch. This collection of 10 favorites is just the start of a new addiction to these easy, reliable plants.
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Kiwi FernColeus leaves are a complicated mix of colors up close that meld into a single overall hue from farther away. That?s the case with Kiwi Fern. The yellow edging of its burgundy leaves smudges into moody purple to warm brown to dull orange. Show off this upright, 12-to 24-inch-tall plant in sun to shade, with mounding plants at its feet.
Why we love it:?Kiwi Fern blooms unusually heavily and unusually early. From July through September, its spikes of baby blue flowers attract hummingbirds, but you can also remove the blooms for a denser plant.
Fishnet StockingsBig and bold, this coleus can reach 3 feet tall, with an upright growth habit that?s taller than wide. Play off its unusual markings with companions of simple, solid colors. Lime and maroon ornamental sweet potato vines will make for a gratifying trio. Plant in shade to partial shade; although this one laughs at heat and humidity, it often sulks in full sun.
Why we love it:?When grown in an old-fashioned black urn, the wide, veined leaves evoke the antique appeal of Victorian days, when coleus was the one of the new fads in gardening.
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