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Coleus (Solenostemon) Wednesday 1 August 2012

I decided to plant some Coleus in the Exotic Garden as in-fill, and grew about 120 from seed; I also ordered 2 each of 6 varieties from www.dibleys.com which arrived fairly late in the Spring, but I did manage to make one good round of cuttings, which yielded 20 or so additional plants which were planted out at the end of July.

I planted the main “mother” plants in the Tubs at the front of the house (as I’ve adopted a bit of an exotic-theme for them too this year):

Versailles Planters 01-Aug 2012

and also some group-planting in the Exotic garden:

Coleus in the Exotic / Jungle garden End July

Coleus in the Exotic / Jungle garden End July

Coleus Wizard Scarlet in late September

Coleus Wizard Scarlet in late September

Named varieties I bought:

Dibley Coleus Plug Plants

Dibley Coleus Plug Plants

Coleus Autumn Rainbow

Coleus Autumn Rainbow

Coleus Illumination

Coleus Illumination

I particularly like Pagoda as it has much larger leaves than the others:

Coleus Pagoda

Coleus Pagoda

Pink Chaos has been a bit more fussy that the others, I had some significant die-back on one plant; possibly due to the smaller leaves. The cuttings have been slower to establish too. I presume its similar to “Inky Fingers”

Coleus Pink Chaos

Coleus Pink Chaos

Coleus Saturn

Coleus Saturn

Coleus Saturn

Coleus Saturn

Coleus Walter Turner

Coleus Walter Turner

Whilst the seed-grown plants were in the conservatory I took a couple of photos of leaf-colour planting combinations:

Coleus planting combination

Coleus planting combination

Back to: Exotic Garden

 

2 Responses to “Coleus (Solenostemon)”

  1. Josette Sammut Francette ISTWIEL str Attard ATD 2251 MALTA EUROPE Says:

    They are all lovely, seeing them gives you a sence of biiss its because I am passionate about coleus but in your display I prefer Coleus Saturn and coleus Pink Chaos in fact Ishall ask to supply me with these seeds by mail if you have any .thanks Josette Sammut Malta

    • kgarden Says:

      Sorry, I don’t have any seeds and these varieties are Hybrids, so won’t come “true” from seed – you’ll need to start with plants, rather than seeds.


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