Category Archives: Coleus

Kong Coleus

The Kong series of coleus continues to broaden. Now there are even Kong Jr. cultivars with leaves that are 30% smaller than the original Kongs. This is ‘Kong Jr. Green Halo’: And here’s ‘Kong Jr. Scarlet’: There are also many … Continue reading

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Hanging in There

By this time in the growing season even the annuals have started to wind down. From a distance my flowerbeds still have some life in them, but up close they’re a big ol’ mess. I still have a few plants … Continue reading

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‘Kong Mosaic’ Coleus

I’ve been singing the praises of Kong series coleus plants for awhile now. This year I sprouted ‘Kong Mosaic’ from seed. The plants grew rather slowly once they were potted up outside, and I lost one to a frantically-digging chipmunk, … Continue reading

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Tiny Bursts of Color

I bring this up every year, and yet I just can’t stop myself from doing it again. I love it when my coleus seedlings sprout their first true set of leaves because they start to show color, and I think … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Kong Coleus

For the second year in a row I sprouted Kong Coleus plants from seed. This time I wanted to display several 14-inch pots of these beauties along the walkway to my front door (3 plants to a pot). Despite the … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Green

Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ is not only edible, but also makes a lovely showy ornamental. ‘Bright Lights’ grows 12-16 inches tall with shiny green leaves and stems in bold colors like gold, red, pink, orange and purple: Annual coleus ‘Wasabi’ … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something in Earth Tones

Heuchera ‘Kassandra’ is a perennial that transitions in color from caramel to yellow-green and sometimes even to pinkish-red. ‘Kassandra’ sends up 20-inch-tall white flowers in the summer. The plant is hardy in Zones 4-9 and prefers to grow in part-shade … Continue reading

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‘Kong Rose’ Coleus

I’ve seen all kinds of intriguing coleus cultivars for sale in the garden centers each spring, so last winter I decided it might be fun to sprout some of them from seed. My hands-down favorite was ‘Kong Rose’: It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Coleus ‘Henna’

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Coleus Crush

I’m happy to see any of my seeds spring to life, but I’m especially fond of coleus. Call me weird, but I think baby coleus seedlings are adorable. The moment they pop from the soil, they begin displaying their mottled … Continue reading

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