Sun Coleus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for

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Golden Dream coleus (Photo by Allen Owings)

It’s not too late in the warm season to add coleus to the Louisiana landscape.

Most of the new coleus on the market are "sun types." These include a nice collection from Ball FloraPlant (Henna, Mint Mocha, Indian Summer, Redhead, Trusty Rusty, Wasabi and Honey Crisp). Another great new variety for 2014 is Golden Dream from Proven Winners.

The newer coleus are less prone to early-season flowering and have even more enhanced foliage colors. Plants last until a killing frost.

We grow coleus for foliage, not flowers. Pinch back once or twice early in the year to encourage lateral branching and aid in minimizing flower production.

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