Lime Coleuses Are Fine

Lime coleus are bright accents for the garden

Lime coleuses are bright accents for the garden.

Some of the lime variations are not only with color but leaf shapes, too

Some of the lime variations not only vary in color but leaf shapes, too.

Mass planting like this one are great substitutes for flowering annuals

Mass planting like this one are great substitutes for flowering annuals.

This combination of lime colored coleus with various leaf shapes make a striking display

This combination of lime colored coleus with various leaf shapes make a striking display.

Lime coleuses are a far cry from the ones my mom rooted on the window sill every fall to over winter. These are vibrant, bright, and great growers. If your annuals are tired, and you want a replacement, then this plant is for you. Many garden centers have marked their annuals down now. So, if you need some color in shady to partially sunny spots, that will last until frost, these coleuses are perfect. If you decide to buy some and they are leggy, just cut them back before you plant them. The lime types comes in a variety of variegations and leaf shapes. The ones you see here are planted in the Southern Living Garden border at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. They were planted in late May, and they are thriving in the light shade the border gets. While a lot of folks plant these in full sun, I like how they light up shaded areas. Truly, this color of coleus is a bright addition to the hot colors and old pass along selections of most coleuses.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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