coleus, with its rusty orange leaves is an
exceptional partner with lime green foliage like
this Gld Edge duranta and the spiky textured
search for the perfect rusty orange coleus may have
ended with a hot new selection called Campfire. It is
rare when a plant debuts at the Spring Plant Trials in
California and then becomes the hot commodity at the
garden center the same season, but such is the case with
certainly has an appropriate name as it takes on the
hues of glowing embers. The rusty-orange-red coleus is
packed with vigor and stands out from a great distance.
It is being brought to us by Ball FloraPlant which is
the same company that gave us the Wasabi, the best
chartreuse-leafed coleus in the market, and Redhead, the
premier burgundy red-leafed selection.
while I was visiting in Columbus, Ga., Campfire seemed
to be lighting up both commercial and residential
landscapes. In each case the beds were comprised of
prepared landscape mixes that allowed the coleus to
reach its true beauty and potential. At the Coastal
Georgia Botanical Gardens we have soil we call muck and
other areas that are fairly sandy, so we are always
working on soil improvement with compost. If you have
tight heavy clay, then you will want to work on
improving your soil condition, too.
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.
Wasabi and Redhead, Campfire will reach about 3 feet
tall and as wide. This is the perfect size to serve as a
richly colored backdrop to seasonal flowers or foliage.
Gold-leafed durantas like Cuban Gold, Gold Mound or the
taller Gold Edge will make a stunning partnership. But
donít forget you can never go wrong planting another
coleus as a companion, and in this case look no further
than the lime green of Wasabi.
it comes to Campfire coleus, donít forget the color
blue. A light blue such as that associated with plumbago
plants would be absolutely riveting, but spikey blue
salvias like Mystic Spires Blue or Cathedral Deep Blue
would make a a complementary partnership worthy of a
am not sure if I have ever seen Wasabi or Redhead coleus
bloom, which is absolutely perfect when it comes to
coleus in the landscape. Campfire is slow to bloom, and
so far that has been minimal. A little pinching of
blooms is a small price to pay for such a rich and
wonderfully rare-colored variety.
is about at the midway point. Planting some coleus like
Campfire this weekend with your favorite flowers or in
some thrilling combinations with other foliage will give
you a bed that performs until cool weather arrives in
the fall. In the South this means we can still enjoy
coleus for around 100 days, so plan on gathering around
the Campfire. This coleus promises to be good value for
your gardening dollar.