Copious Coleus Color
September 24, 2017
When I’m wanting great late summer color that’ll take our late summer heat, I turn to coleus. Let’s face it, there’s an unbelievable range of colors, shapes and sizes that can fit into any garden. The trial Gardens here at the South Mississippi Branch Station contain a fantastic collection of sun coleus. Let’s take a look at some of my new favorites. Alabama Sunset, also known as Bellingrath Pink, is a stunning selection; leaves emerge bright sunny yellow, transitioning to red to pinkish-red. Make sure this plant get at least six hours of sun to fully intensify the beautiful colors. The Under the Sea series of coleus offers some really unusual and intricate leaf shapes and color combinations; many gardeners think they resemble deep sea creatures. Bone Fish is mounding and upright with bright raspberry pink with lime green edged foliage. The deeply dissected foliage resembles a school of strange fish. Coral Copper grows in a vigorous mound of fern-like leaves in a mix of deep coppery red with chartreuse gold margins. And Yellow Fin Tuna may be my favorite from this series. This vigorous plant displays bright yellow with just a hint of green foliage. I think this selection is like a beacon in the landscape. Wasabi coleus is hot like the spice. The chartreuse foliage is coarsely serrated and I think flawless. This durable plant holds its color better than similar colored coleus. Be sure to pick off any flowers stems to keep your coleus looking neat. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.