Coleus - Gardening

coleus, sofspics
By sofs
@sofssu (14470)
July 30, 2016 8:22am CST
Coleus are plants with colorful foliage. They are easy to grow and care for. They are low maintenance plants and make a good color statement in your garden. There are lovely ornamental plants. Just a small cutting is enough to start another plant. In the rainy season most of the flowers in my garden are sadly battered and washed out by the non stop rains.. Coleus come in pretty handy during those times to add color to my garden. These plants are native to Asia, Australia and Africa. Their colors look even more brighter when the get a few hours of sun everyday. There are so many varieties and hybrids of coleus that everyone can find something to their liking. This picture here is of my favorite coleus. Do you have coleus in your garden? do you like them?
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• United States
31 Jul 16
those're beauts! don't reckon i've seen any 'round here with that sorta coloration?? i've got several out'n my lil sanctuary, thankfully the grasshoppers seem to've not discovered 'em, lol. yepperz, i like 'em, but gotta be careful where i put 'em here. they aint too fond'f our hot 'n dry winds nor intense sunshine.
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@crazyhorseladycx They bleach a bit in the intense sunshine but they do okay. I don't think they are edible to the grasshoppers. They are mostly problem free only sometimes you could have a white mealybug infestation.
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• United States
1 Aug 16
@sofssu the hoppers aint been feastin' 'n 'em nor any other plants that're'n the same containers...perhaps i should plant more?? i went out 'n found utter horror - those nasty critters completely de-foliated one'f my hibiscus trees
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@crazyhorseladycx They love hibiscus. I keep spraying mine with neem oil and water solution to keep them and other pests away. Sorry about you hibiscus.
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@vandana7 (63594)
• India
30 Jul 16
I have never seen this one...and it is awesome...
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@sofssu (14470)
30 Jul 16
Thank you @vandana7 .. I love the colors on this one.. the shape of the leaf adds texture and color to the garden.
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@vandana7 (63594)
• India
30 Jul 16
@sofssu ... The ones we have are very ordinary...
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@sofssu (14470)
30 Jul 16
@vandana7 There are not less than 3000 varieties of those.. maybe you should look around.
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@SIMPLYD (78616)
• Philippines
5 Aug 16
That flower is familiar to me . I know i have seen that flower in one's garden sometime ago . So it's name is coleus . Though , i haven't heard such name of a flower but its look is really so familiar . You are gifted with a green thumb , my friend .
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@sofssu (14470)
5 Aug 16
@SIMPLYD That isn't a flower.. those are such colorful leaves.. That is why I love the plant. Its got a lot of color and character to it. Anyone can grow a coleus.. its one of the easiest plants to grow.
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@SIMPLYD (78616)
• Philippines
5 Aug 16
@sofssu Oh wow, so those are leaves ! Just like a poinsettia , because they are leaves also , right ?
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@sofssu (14470)
5 Aug 16
@SIMPLYD Yes they are called bracts in poinsettias.
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@epiffanie (10413)
• Australia
31 Jul 16
They are beautiful! .. I don't have them in my garden by I see them in nurseries ..
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@epiffanie You have a beautiful rose garden from what I have seen from your pictures. What other kinds of plants do you have?
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@epiffanie I have only heard of Daphne never seen this plant in person. I bet its got a beautiful fragrance.
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@digiguru (421)
• Bangalore, India
31 Jul 16
They are beautiful.. Try to keep them in pots and shades so that rain can not wash away all of them..
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@digiguru All my plants are in containers.. the coleus enjoy the rain.. and shine
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@digiguru (421)
• Bangalore, India
1 Aug 16
@sofssu then you can easily move them away from direct rain Right? so that no much loss happens
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@digiguru Ithink you have not got me right.. I said that the coleus brings color to my garden when the other flowers in my garden get washed out by the rain. I love the coleus for just that.
@thelme55 (14337)
• Germany
31 Jul 16
Yes, I have coleus in my garden. The same like you have in the photo. It is indeed beautiful to look at.
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@thelme55 Is this pretty common there in the Philippines? Though there are many more colorful ones this one is high on my list of favorites.
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@thelme55 (14337)
• Germany
1 Aug 16
@sofssu yes, coleus is very common in the Philippines. I have a friend whos coleus are of different varieties. They really look good.
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@thelme55 They are indeed. I love collecting different varieties of those.
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@HazySue (20793)
• United States
30 Jul 16
@sofssu I love coleus. There are so many different styles and colors to choose fro,. We have four different color/styles. I love them planted among my flowers.
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@HazySue Absolutely the numerous shades, colors and hues of coleus makes them so easy to use around the garden,.
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@HazySue (20793)
• United States
1 Aug 16
@sofssu they dress up any area.
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@HazySue They sure do.
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• Semarang, Indonesia
30 Jul 16
I never seen before. is that a flower? these plant have benefits?
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@sofssu (14470)
30 Jul 16
@elfranco7 Its an ornamental plant.. It gives the garden a splash of color when there are no flowers.
• Semarang, Indonesia
30 Jul 16
@sofssu these plant looks like spinach
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@elfranco7 LOL They are not edible.
@sharon6345 (121308)
• United States
30 Jul 16
No I don't have a garden. I am however,growing lettuce in my unit.
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@sofssu (14470)
30 Jul 16
@sharon6345 I have a bit of lettuce growing in a few containers too. I love them in my salads.
@sharon6345 (121308)
• United States
30 Jul 16
@sofssu I am going to eat more salads after I begin growing them more.I am going next week to buy bigger pots to split them up.
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@sofssu (14470)
30 Jul 16
@sharon6345 Yup only way to have more plants and enjoy more salads.
@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
My Mum had some lovely coleus. She was good at growing new ones too which she would give away to friends.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Sep 16
@sofssu She would strike African violets just from a leaf too. She certainly had very green fingers.
@BelleStarr (37600)
• Portland, Connecticut
30 Jul 16
I don't have them in my garden these days but I did in the past.
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@BelleStarr do you have other coleus in your garden Or do you specialize in one flower kind of garden?
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@BelleStarr (37600)
• Portland, Connecticut
2 Aug 16
@sofssu These days I have roses and hostas and that is about it.
@fishtiger58 (30346)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Jul 16
they are simply gorgeous, I don't have any I wonder can I get some for my garden
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@sofssu (14470)
30 Jul 16
@fishtiger58 They are really gorgeous.. and there are so many varieties of those.. the best part is you don't have to do much for these plants to flourish.
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@fishtiger58 (30346)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Aug 16
@sofssu That's a plus as I have a black thumb
• Midland, Michigan
3 Aug 16
I don't have them currently, but I've grown them many times before, mostly as a houseplant. I've never seen one with colors such as the one in your photo. Very pretty indeed.
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@sofssu (14470)
4 Aug 16
@MarshaMusselman Those are the most colorful plants I have known which are easy to grow. This one is my favorite because of its lovely colors.
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@shshiju (10373)
• Cochin, India
2 Aug 16
No . It is very beautiful. I think it is the leaf that looks pretty.
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@sofssu (14470)
5 Aug 16
@shshiju True the leaves are very pretty with all those colors.
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• United States
1 Aug 16
Usually I like to have pots of coleus on my deck and my front porch but this year I didn't get to plant any flowers
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@sofssu (14470)
2 Aug 16
@Marilynda1225 I love having them on my front porch too.. Any reasons why you didn't plant any flowers this year? If you don't mind my asking.
@marlina (72624)
• Canada
1 Aug 16
Right now, I only have one coleus and it is not of my favorite color.
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@marlina I saw maroon one in pone of your recent pictures .. is that the one? It looks preety standing among the variegated leaves.
@jstory07 (66002)
• Roseburg, Oregon
1 Aug 16
I do not have a garden yet. Those coleus are really beautiful plants.
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Aug 16
@jstory07 maybe next year then. :)
@just4him (112912)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Jul 16
We have coleus here, but I've never had them, but do like them. Yours are very pretty.
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@just4him Cloeus are the lazy way to a colorful garden .. LOL I clevery use the around.
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@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
31 Jul 16
never seen them, but I love all the colors!
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@Jessicalynnt I really love the colors on this particular variety.
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@jaboUK (53532)
• United Kingdom
30 Jul 16
I love your picture, but I don't have any myself.
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@sofssu (14470)
31 Jul 16
@jaboUK Your beautiful begonias make up for all the coleus of the world. Every picture of yous makes me jealous. LOL
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