Excellent as a border in shady areas or interspersed with shade-tolerant perennials that bloom for only a short time. Coleus commands attention with brightly colored, boldly patterned leaves in shades of red, orange, yellow, green, pink, purple, and white.
Maintenance and care:
Pinch off flowers as soon as they appear to keep plant compact and bushy. Regularly pinch back tips to keep bushy. Keep moist but not wet. Expect Coleus to be one of the first plants killed back by fall frosts.
- part shade
Amount of sun can influence foliage color.
- requires well-drained soil
Prefers moist but well-drained soil, high in organic matter.
- outdoor containers
- indoors as a houseplant – Make cuttings or dig plants before frost to overwinter inside. Needs a warm, bright location, and consistent moisture.