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Plectranthus

Plectranthus

This vigorous foliage plant drapes neatly over container rims, making it ideal for window boxes, hanging baskets, and containers. Plectranthus is available with green-and-white, green-and-gold, and silver foliage; there's something to compliment any container planting. The foliage is extremely fragrant.

Many types of plectranthus are actually perennials in warm-weather areas of Zones 9 and 10. You can also grow many as beautiful houseplants.

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Under 6 inches to 8 feet

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Blue Yonder plectranthus
Blue Yonder plectranthus
Plectranthus parviflorus 'Limplep1' is more commonly known as Blue Yonder or Blue Spire plectranthus. It was selected from a species native to Australia. Blue Yonder has green foliage edged in white, and in summer it sends up spires of sky blue blooms. The plant grows 14 inches tall (24 inches in bloom) and spreads 24 inches wide.
'Cerveza 'n Lime' plectranthus
'Cerveza 'n Lime' plectranthus
Plectranthus coleoides 'Cerveza 'n Lime' resembles Cuban oregano with its fuzzy, scalloped green leaves. But the leaves on 'Cerveza 'n Lime' are a bit larger and not quite as succulent. It makes a great heat- and drought-tolerant addition to container gardens, or it can be grown as an indoor plant. It grows 18 inches tall and wide.
Cuban oregano
Cuban oregano
Plectranthus amboinicus has thick, succulent, hairy gray-green leaves. The plant has short internodes, forming a compact mound of fragrant foliage. It makes an easy-care houseplant or a low-maintenance herb. Leaves of Cuban oregano can be substituted for oregano or sage in poultry and meat dishes. It grows 12-18 inches tall and wide.
'Drege' plectranthus
'Drege' plectranthus
Plectranthus ciliatus 'Drege' is sometimes called spur flower for its small pink flowers, which are borne in spring and summer. It is a tropical subshrub from Africa that makes a good drought-tolerant groundcover where temperatures remain above freezing. Its leaves are green on the upper surface and purplish underneath with stiff white hairs.
'Emerald Lace' plectranthus
'Emerald Lace' plectranthus
Plectranthus oertendahlii 'Emerald Lace' is named for the lacy gray-green pattern of markings on its scalloped, rounded foliage. It is a compact selection of silver plectranthus, growing just 6-8 inches tall and 8-12 inches wide. In fall and spring, it sends up spikes of white or pale lavender blooms. Grow it as a houseplant or in annual flower combinations outdoors.
'Fuzzy Wuzzy' plectranthus
'Fuzzy Wuzzy' plectranthus
Plectranthus neochilus 'Fuzzy Wuzzy' forms a ground-hugging mat of gray-green foliage with white leaf margins. It grows less than a foot tall and spreads up to 2 feet wide. It is also called lobster flower for the clawlike shape of its blue-purple bloom spikes that rise 3-6 inches above the foliage.
'Green on Green' plectranthus
'Green on Green' plectranthus
Plectranthus forsteri 'Green on Green' has oversize medium-green leaves with lime-green or yellow-green edges. It grows up to 24 inches tall and wide, and it rarely blooms.
Mona Lavender plectranthus
Mona Lavender plectranthus
(Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender') shows off rich purple leaves topped by spikes of lavender-purple flowers. It grows 28 inches tall and wide. It makes a lovely houseplant.
'Nico' plectranthus
'Nico' plectranthus
Plectranthus coleoides 'Nico' is a vigorous variety that has dark green leaves with purple veins and purplish leaf undersides. It has a semiprostrate growth pattern that makes it useful as a trailing plant in container gardens or as a groundcover in landscape beds. It grows 8-12 inches tall and spreads 12-36 inches wide.
'Nicoletta' plectranthus
'Nicoletta' plectranthus
Plectranthus coleoides 'Nicoletta' has large, fuzzy, silvery-gray leaves and purplish stems. This semitrailing plant grows 8-10 inches tall and spreads up to 36 inches wide.
'Ochre Flame' Cuban oregano
'Ochre Flame' Cuban oregano
Plectranthus amboinicus 'Ochre Flame' is a highly ornamental form of Cuban oregano. Each avocado-green leaf is splashed with an irregular central patch of pale lime. The leaves are both scalloped and wavy at their margins. In winter the plant bears lavender-pink blooms. It grows 12 inches tall and wide.
Plectranthus argentatus
Plectranthus argentatus
(Plectranthus argentatus) displays hairy, silvery leaves and is easy to grow indoors or out. It grows 3 feet tall and wide.
Silver plectranthus
Silver plectranthus
Plectranthus oertendahlii is a spreading plant that grows just 8 inches tall but can spread up to 3 feet wide. This growth habit makes it an excellent choice for hanging baskets or as a groundcover. It is also sometimes called prostrate coleus, silver Swedish ivy, or candle plant.
'Silver Shield' plectranthus
'Silver Shield' plectranthus
Plectranthus argentatus 'Silver Shield' is an Australian native that produces large shield-shape silvery leaves on plants that grow 24-30 inches tall and wide. It bears pale blue to white flowers in summer, but because they are not particularly showy, pinch the flowers back or deadhead them to show off the foliage, which is the main attraction of this plant.
Swedish ivy
Swedish ivy
Plectranthus verticillatus is a common houseplant. It is native to South Africa and Australia, not Sweden where it was first popularized. This mint relative has a trailing habit, making it an excellent choice for hanging baskets. The glossy green leaves with scalloped edges are borne on stems that reach 12-18 inches tall and trail up to 3 feet long. It used to be classified as Plectranthus australis.
Troy's Gold plectranthus
Troy's Gold plectranthus
(Plectranthus ciliatus 'Troy's Gold') offers golden foliage variegated with purple and green. It grows 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It can be grown as a houseplant in a sunny window.
Variegated plectranthus
Variegated plectranthus
(Plectranthus forsteri 'Marginatus') offers large hairy leaves edged in white. It grows 18 inches tall and 36 inches wide. It can be grown as a houseplant.
Variegated Swedish ivy
Variegated Swedish ivy
Plectranthus coleoides 'Variegata' is a different species from common Swedish ivy, but its growth characteristics and uses are similar. This trailing plant has scalloped leaves with white margins. The plant cascades nicely from container gardens or hanging baskets. It grows 6-12 inches tall and trails 24-26 inches.
Vick's plant
Vick's plant
Plectranthus tomentosa is also called mentholatum plant because of the aroma it gives off when brushed. It has fuzzy gray-green leaves and bears lavender-purple flowers. It can grow up to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide, sometimes becoming rather woody at the base of its stems.

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Petunia
Petunias are failproof favorites for gardeners everywhere. They are vigorous growers and prolific bloomers from midspring through late fall. Color choices are nearly limitless, with some sporting beautiful veining and intriguing colors. Many varieties are sweetly fragrant (sniff blooms in the garden center to be sure.) Some also tout themselves as "weatherproof," which means that the flowers don't close up when water is splashed on them.Wave petunias have made this plant even more popular. Reaching up to 4 feet long, it's great as a groundcover or when cascading from window boxes and pots. All petunias do best and grow more bushy and full if you pinch or cut them back by one- to two-thirds in midsummer.Shown above: Merlin Blue Morn petunia
Coleus, shade-loving with blended leaf
Shade-loving coleus with blended leaf color provides vivid color and wild markings even in the darkest corners of your yard. The mottled colors often change in intensity depending on the amount of sunlight and heat. These varieties are easy to grow -- just plant them in a shady but warm spot; give them enough water to keep the soil moist, but not wet; and add a little fertilizer.When frost threatens, pot them up and enjoy them as houseplants in a sunny window until spring. Then plant them outdoors once again!
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