coleus offers stunning orange leaves that look like an artist
masterpiece when combined with all shades of blue.
There is an
inferno of color this spring coming from a coleus that has a lot going
for it. The Inferno coleus is relatively new, but already it has heads
turning especially when you consider that in the University of
Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Michigan State trials it was
It was tops at
Missouri Botanical Garden Trials and has truly been recognized across
the country. If there was ever an orange coleus with the WOW factor
you have been looking for it has to be Inferno. Those were trials
mostly in sun but in Mississippi State University shade trials it
averages 4.70 which means this versatile coleus will give you the bang
for your gardening dollar no matter where you grow it in the
This is a fairly
large coleus that will push close to 3-feet in height and 2-feet plus
in width. Youíll find it striking in the landscape or those designer
mixed containers. Whether you grow it with flowers or other foliage as
simple as the lime green Wasabi coleus the look will be attention
certainly has an appropriate name as it takes on the hues of glowing
lava. It is truly the most vibrant orange coleus in the market and the
large crinkled or waffled-leaves add a texture that certainly gets
If you have
tight heavy clay soil, then you will want to work on improving your
soilís condition. To accomplish this, spread 2 to 4 inches of
organic matter and about 2 pounds of fertilizer per 100 square feet.
My favorite fertilizer for coleus is a 12-6-6. Till this in and youíll
be ready to plant. This pre-plant fertilizer followed by light monthly
applications will keep the plants growing well until frost.
durantas like Cuban Gold, Gold Mound or the taller Gold Edge with
green variegation will make a stunning partner. But donít forget you
can never go wrong planting another coleus as a companion such as the
lime green of Wasabi. By all means, donít forget the possibility of
combining with chartreuse colored ornamental sweet potatoes.
When it comes to
Inferno coleus donít forget the color blue. All shades of blue seem
to create an artistic masterpiece. Whether you want to choose your
favorite blue salvia, angelonia or verbena the look will be
from Ball FloraPlant where coleuses that almost never bloom have been
developed, which is a trait we have loved with their lime green Wasabi
and dark burgundy Redhead. After all, it is that glorious foliage we
crave. Inferno too, will give you flushing new foliage for weeks on
end and is slow to bloom. When it does bloom a little pinching is a
small price to pay for such rich and wonderfully rare-colored orange
leaves in the garden.
like Inferno with your favorite flowers or in some combination with
other foliage will give you a bed that performs until cool weather
arrives in the fall.