how far apart do you plant the coleus plants if they're planted en masse? I'm in Southeast PA, and last year my plants grew to 2 1/2- 3 feet without pruning (except for deadheading and sending cuttings for trade on DG). I'd like to try it this year...
trying to plan the garden in advance...
always so much easier said and thought than done, isn't it?
Joy, there are two ways of looking at it:
Landscapers plant commercial beds about 12-14" oc (on center-from the center of one plant to the center of the plant next to it), which might seem a little bit close but they want these beds to fill out fast.
The other way is to space them out about 18"-22" as the plant will eventually fill out that far apart-esp if they have been cut back a lot and are full plants to start with.
Not sure when you can start planting your coleus outside-but I would guess somewhere in mid-May? That should be enough time for them to fill out if you have less plants and want to plant a bigger bed :) But if you have tons ( from cuttings) then plant closer-you can always go back and cut them back some if necessary
i'm planting out mid to late may, depending on the weather. hopefully i will have enough good starts to plant closer. i don't have tons, but you never know. they multiply as the season warms, and i try to never let a cutting go to waste. if not for my garden, then for someone elses!
we'll see what spring brings and which coleus varieties win my overwintering "survivor" contest.
Thanks for starting this thread, The mass plantings of coleus is very inspiring. I plan to start some from seeds soon and take cuttings over the growing season. Should be the answer to those times when there is not much color in the garden, as my garden seems to come in waves.
i will definitely post saber mix photos when they grow up:)
i think a kiwi fern border would look nice in the part shade bed on the side of my house. my kiwi fern was nicely mounded and not too large last summer there, and i think it would make a nice border with the mini hostas and ferns there. it's pretty understated.
Joy, that is really pretty. I had kiwi fern a couple of years ago and even thought the coloring was like yours (and I really like the color)...mine just didn't grow like that. It seemed all hap-hazard...almost ugly in growth. Certainly it wasn't mounding. That would be beautiful with pineappe queen.
LOL, I just found a pic of it. Maybe the morning glory had something to do with the reason I didn't care for it.
morning glory usually has something to do with surrounding plants growing haphazardly... it takes over and other plants grow where they can LOL!
i think mine stayed relatively petite and mounding also because it was in semi-shade... my coleus in the full sun beds were gargantuan for the most part. and none were kongs (i just can't get myself to like kong coleus. call me a coleus snob...:)
I did a mass planting of Rustic Orange. I purchased a 105 plug flat of rooted plugs. They were small and I just planted them right in the ground. They were a little slow at first but they are looking good now. I think I likely planted about 8 inches apart. Maybe I should have planted farther apart. They look good now and have filled in nicely.