What I love about living in warmer climate is planting different types of plants and flowers in my Texas garden. Trying new plants is fun! This year, I decided to plant a Coleus plant and here is the result of my efforts!
What attracts me to this plant are the leaves. You don't grow Coleus for flowers, you grow it for its leaves and they come in a variety of different shapes, colors, and sizes. There is a lot of information on the Internet, books, and magazines about the Coleus plant. What I like are the descriptive words that sound so tantalizing! Those descriptive words include:
- Eye Dazzlers!
- Easy Going!
- Distinctly on the Wild Side!
- Show Stoppers!
- Artistically Edged!
- Splashed with Colors!
Coleus comes in various shades of green, pink, yellow, purple, intense red, and chartreuse. They love the sun and they thrive well in the heat or better known as the "Heart of Texas! If you feel your garden needs a jolt of color with something that requires low maintenance and grows well with other plants, I suggest trying Coleus! They also thrive well in part shade but always requires more than regular watering to flourish well in a summer garden that will extend into fall depending on climate changes and the environment.
If you don't live in Texas and you live in Northern climates, Coleus makes great house plants. The homes I lived in while living in the City of Chicago and later to the Northern Suburbs always had Coleus and they grew well as long as they were watered and I kept them in a sunny location.
I found this video most helpful and for me the instructions worked! If you feel you need a little or a lot of splash of color, I recommend Coleus. Life is too short to live without plants that brighten your day!
©Patricia Feager 5/5/2016