Don't know how to "bump", but the former thread was getting long, so am starting a continuation with a bunch of my favorite coleus. The photos were shot at the end of last summer. Most of the coleus were grown in 3/4 sun, with just late afternoon shade.
First one is 'Beckwith's Gem', one of my favorites and has made beautiful standard.
Nice plants and pictures Hoosier! Thanks for doing that work of photographing and posting them for us. It's so nice to see ones with names from people's gardens, to compare with what we see in books and on coleus retail sights. Sometimes they look very different.
Thanks. Yes, the same coleus look quite different now under lights in the basement for the winter. I think the photos at both Rosy Dawn and Gebhart's web sites are pretty accurate, but nothing compares to seeing them in real life. That is why the descriptions and comments from people who actually grow them (like our fellow DG'ners) and the conditions they grow them (sun, shade, etc.) in are so important.
I bought this one at a nursery last fall as a small plant. It had no label, but I think it looks like one I've seen in pictures called 'city lights'. Has anyone seen this one before? I think I'm going to like it. Isn't that an interesting sport in the front!
I ordered 'kingswood torch' and this is what I got. It was a rooted cutting last Oct. It sure doesn't look like the one in the picture I ordered from, which was very red. Maybe it will turn red in the summer sun (or maybe they sent something else). It seems to be growing pretty fast, and it's easy to propagate.
How funny I have my order from RD coming on the 22nd also the day before my b'day. That big rock is The Watchman... I live at the entrance of Zion Canyon. Festive Dance is a seed variety, very easy to grow. So cool... Tilt a Whirl
How about a Kiwi Fern Bonsai... just leave the end leaves on the branches and prune like a bonsai. This was gorgeous last year. I just took off all the discolored old foliage and this is new growth. I'll take another pic when she hits her glory again.
Sorry that picture isn't very good. Drats,I seem to have a blemish in my camera lens.
It still shows how large my coleus I call Swinging Linda gets. SW has other names,too.
Just trying to get the hang of posting pictures.
I love your coleus and greenhouse dragonmanlv! Wow, beautiful!!! I'll have to look up where Springdale is. I use to live in SLC up high on side of Mt. Olympus, and your pics sure bring back memories. You can definetly tell it's Utah. Now I'm in low flat NJ !! (But I must admit, I do enjoy the shade trees here.)
I should have known by the rock in the picture, that it would be in Southern UT. Can't believe that I lived in UT for 4 years and never visited Southern UT ! I guess I thought I'd be there longer and could always go 'tomorrow'. dragonmanlv, do you grow these coleus just for your own enjoyment, or do you have a business selling them? They are so gorgeous! Tell us more about that greehouse. Did you build it, buy it, etc. It's so nice! Wow, how I'd love to have a greenhouse. Does it get cold there, such that you have to heat it?
I have a bed and breakfast and in the winter it gets very cold here and few visitors so I'm free most of the winter. The coleus are just a hobby that I just started to kill time and boy do they. We built the GH about 9 months ago it's on a 2' concrete hollow riser that is filled with the red gravel. This went from a single cutting I got from a friend to over 65 named cultivars. I grow them for my pleasure but I make awesome arrangements with them both inside the house and out. The guests love them but they tend to be more fascinated by the cactus and suculents.
This is the collage for the Woodpile garden this year. I plant annuals in there because we tromp on it from September to early march.
Mostly coleus I have cuttings of right now. Mahogany Giant, Kingwood Karnival,Jungle love
Caladiums Miss Muffett, Gingerland. GrayGhost
The pastes are different values so not many of the colors echo but believe me some of those plants were in there last summer and it was really nice.
I will eleminate Japanese Giant and not put so many Trailing Queens in,they go everywhere and cuttings are over the limit at this time here.
No YinYan even tho I like it with Mahogany Giant .I think Jungle Love and MG are a better match, along with Kingwood Karn.
Some white wax begonias to look at the white eyes of Trailing Queen.
The caladiums speak for themselves. I used Florida White Queen in there last year but didnt order enough this year.
Thanks, Carol. Edited to add, yes, I do buy them each year and they're worth it to me. By the end of the fall they're huge. I did bring one inside, after cutting it back severely, so I hope it makes it - so far, so good. It has green leaves so I think it made it through the winter.
The wax begonias also offer the different shape in leaves and they're glossy as well, creating even more interest.