Most people think of coleus as a shade plant with drab colors that were often grown by their grandparents. However, this kind of perspective has recently changed as cultivars have been grown that allowed them to grow and, not to mention, thrive under the sun. Coleus plants that are grown under the sun have colors that are vivid. When put under a shade, the colors become dull and drab.
It doesn’t matter whether their leaves are small with ruffles or large ones with margins, their bold colors are what make them the perfect choice for summer plants. Although they have flowers, they are often removed and planted elsewhere since the coleus doesn’t need to expend its energy in producing flowers at all.
Though the newest cultivars are capable of handling the heat, their growth usually stops when the temperature drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants can get damaged too even if the slightest hint of frost occurs. (more…)