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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Coleus The Beautiful

I didn't use to love coleus. I can't explain it, but I just didn't want them in my garden.
With dozens of beautiful new hybrids which appeared in recent years, it became difficult to resist having these vibrant plants. They made great additions to my containers this season. They could tolerate some sun, grew fast and were healthy.

The coleus in the pictures below was planted in small pots, so they are not as bushy as those in the upper pictures. I put them on the garden tables to decide what to do with them. Discard and add to a compost pile, or trim and take inside for the winter? What do you do with your coleus in the winter?

And, these are my new work boots. They were recommended by my friend who is a farmer. I hope they will serve me better than regular rubber boots.
I hope you'll have a warm and sunny week. This is what we have now here in the Pacific Northwest.

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. I love coleus! If you pinch the tops out from time to time throughout the growing season they will get really bushy. They root really easily too. Easy peasy to keep inside rooted during the winter. I have actually had one or two reseed in the gardens the last couple of years.

  2. I have enjoyed the sun coleus a lot. Great color and it just grows like weeds, giving super color all season. Love yours with the gorgeous container.
    Good luck with the new boots, I hope they stand up to a lot of heavy duty gardening.

  3. I've not have much success with coleus in the ground but love them in containers. For the first time last year I started some from seed and it's done well. I'm hoping it will overwinter inside without any problem.

  4. They're definitely favorites for me, too. I try to plant a diverse combination of different varieties mixed in with Impatiens--they're beautiful companions! I echo what Darla says, and believe it or not, you can transplant the pinched tops in bare spots in your pots--they'll frequently root themselves directly in the soil if you keep them adequately watered.

  5. Wonderful colours in your coleus. They grow coleus in the pots inside the house here in Finland.

  6. I had the coleus inside only. But I've seen them growing in a bed. I think you could take the pots inside for cold time.

  7. I just cant seem to grow these .

    Tatyana yours are stunning colours.

    I dont think they would be hardy and would need to be taken indoors in winter though.

  8. The Coleus in the big red pot is beautiful! Some years ago I had grown them from seed. You can easily overwinter them inside after cutting back.

  9. I love the single color and more subtle Coleus. The burgundy and very dark red, as well as a lime green one and burnt orange. They add wonderful color all season.

  10. There was a time I didn't like coleus either. Too gaudy. But I learned that gaudy, brazen plants are the ones that can best tolerate my summer climate. I like how coleus brightens the shady woodlands, and now I am quite fond of them. I think taking cuttings to keep through the winter is a good idea.

  11. Beautiful coleus Tatyana! They are easy to keep inside during the winter. I'm trying cutting back and keeping the big plants this year instead of taking cuttings. We'll see what happens.

  12. I take long cuttings of coleus and put them in vases for display around the house(even in the bathroom). Around the time I've bored of the display, they've grown and rooted. I then take an additional cutting...vase it up, and stick the rooted stem in with an exsisting potted plant. I do this all winter.

  13. I did grow several coleus this year some more striking than others. It is just great that we can now plant them in sun or shade and expect beautiful results. I do not save them anymore.


  14. Thank you, dear friends, for your comments! I'll try to take several pots inside and put them in one room which doesn't have a heater. I can place one or two pots in garage. I appreciate you sharing your experience with me!

  15. Spectacular! Love the coleus and the different pots. Great vignette with the boots.

  16. I couldn't imagine gardening without coleus. That first one you are showing looks like a fav of mine, Big Red Judy.

  17. Wow! I love those wonderful shades. It definitely gave some character in the garden. Thanks!

  18. Every year, I tend to use more and more coleus in my few shady spots. Sometimes they are more beautiful than flowers!


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