Coleus Garnet Robe – Last fall I photographed a number of varieties of coleus at Longwood Gardens. I was so shocked to see the various varieties they had – prior to that – nearly all the coleuses I’d noticed had been the ones expanding in regional gardens or as home plants.
All 4 varieties of coleus I photographed were members of the same species – solenostemon scutellarioides. They are members of the lamiaceae (mint) family members. Originally native to Southeast Asia and Malaysia, they are now cultivated practically worldwide. Coleus are perennial plants that favor partial shade and are easy to propagate by cuttings.
I actually liked the colors and shapes of the leaves I saw at Longwood Gardens.