Coleus with English Ivy in a Strawberry Pot
Photo © Kerry Michaels
I am a recent convert to coleus. I used to think it was kind of a fusty old plant that didn't really interest me. Now I canít get enough of it.
Coleus is a really good-natured plant - not at all fussy. Many of them are as happy in the sun as they are in the shade. The colors that coleus comes in are jaw-dropping. Even an ordinary coleus, when paired with the right thing can be spectacular.
The colors of coleus are often so intense and sometimes downright weird that you do have to be particularly careful when mixing them with each other. However, my suggestion is go a little wild. Have some fun and try improbable color combinations Ė sometimes they work beautifully.