When you are looking for color that lasts the season through, think Coleus!
Coleus has a long history of use in our gardens as a foliage plant and with new varieties each year, coleus has become an indispensable plant for many gardeners.
This member of the mint family comes in a wide range of foliage coloration, leaf texture, and plant form. Considered a herbaceous perennial in its native range of Southeast Asia, coleus are used primarily as annuals. Previously grouped into different species or classified as hybrids, coleus are now all placed under Solenostemon scutellarioides.
While modern coleus breeding focuses on new color combinations and foliage characteristics, other considerations of sun tolerance, delayed flowering, more prolific branching and unique forms have also become more prominent recently.