This weekend I worked on my Coleus, every year I set side a portion of the garden for my collection of Coleuses. In this part of the country Coleuses are year around plants, but I find the heat of the summer is a bit much for these delicate plants.
Every year in the fall I get new plants from my local nursery and replant my surviving plants from last year. This year I got a Black Beauty, Limelight and Compact Red there was not much selection but I will continue to look.
My coleus bed gets shade most of day and the ground is well-drained, perfect growing conditions. Some coleus prefers full sun for best foliage but in Florida a little sun is enough.
I have some coleus in containers, in other areas of the garden for color.
Did you know that Coleuses do well as cut flowers? The trick is to cut it and immediately put it in water. They do well for two to three days.