Coleus were so popular as house plants for years, grown for their amazingly, coloured, patterned and shaped leaves. They used to flower but the blooms were a waste of time and often weakened the plants enough to finish them off.
We are now growing a collection of named varieties in the greenhouse for summer interest. We grew them all from plug plants. The botanists have now changed their name from coleus to solestemon, a much uglier name!
Here is a gallery of our collection for you to enjoy. As usual just click on the first photo and navigate using the arrows.
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I remember how well you used them in the 70s. Would that have been in Much Wenlock or Meole Brace?
I remember how well you used them in the 70s. Would that have been Much Wenlock or Meole Brace?
Much Wenlock where we grew them outside in the warmer months.
Beautiful. The last couple of years, they haven’t been available at our local greenhouse. I don’t know why, and I miss them.
We bought ours from a specialist house plant nursery who sell mostly streptocarpus but they sell lots of named varieties of coleus and begonias as well.