These pictures of various coleus plants were taken in a client’s garden. They were planted to fill in bare spots between perennials and are quite striking at this time of year, brightening up shady spots in gardens. Their leaves look like red velvet with splashes of green The coleus are annuals that will die off when frost hits so new ones must be planted each season. Coleus prefer shade, but will tolerate some, but not full sun.
I do not usually plant annuals to my gardens each season, preferring to use them in containers only. After seeing the display these coleus put on each season however, I decided to try some in my garden this season. They do not look as beautiful as these ones do, but are still nice pops of colour in my garden. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?