Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute

August 26, 2020

Coleus are colorful and versatile annuals for the landscape. Learn more about these easy-to-grow plants.

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Coleus is a beautiful plant prized for its colorful foliage, which comes in shades of green, yellow, pink, red, and maroon.

Coleus varieties can range from one to several feet in height. They can be used in hanging baskets, containers or in landscape beds.

These heat-tolerant annuals have very few disease and insect problems. Most grow best in part shade, but there are many new varieties that thrive in full, hot sun.

Coleus plants do best in well-drained soils amended with lots of organic matter. Pinch the growing stems of young plants frequently to encourage dense foliage. Remove flowers as they appear to keep the plants from going to seed and declining.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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