This photo doesn’t even begin to illustrate the range of colors and textures that coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides cvs., USDA Hardiness Zone 11/annual) can provide to both containers and the landscape. It’s one of the most versatile plants out there, and a snap to grow, too. Buy plants in spring, pinch them a few times in the beginning to promote bushy, vigorous growth, and stand back. Well, you will need to water and occasionally fertilize… In fall, take cuttings that will root easily in a glass of water on the windowsill. Pot them up and nurse them though the winter until spring, when you can use the plant or cuttings from it in your new plantings.
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