Trailing Coleus (Sun-Loving)

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Trailing sun-loving coleus is an easy-to-grow annual foliage plant that adapts well to hanging baskets and container gardens where it sprawling stems can drape over the edge of the planter. You also can plant it at the front of garden beds where it will intertwine with flowering annuals and perennials to bring color to the landscape. Most trailing coleus have smaller leaves than upright growers, reaching only about an inch long.

Trailing Coleus (Sun-Loving) Overview

Genus Name Plectranthus scutellarioides
Common Name Trailing Coleus (Sun-Loving)
Plant Type Annual, Houseplant
Light Part Sun, Shade, Sun
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 1 to 3 feet
Special Features Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 11, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Seed, Stem Cuttings

Varieties of Coleus

Dark Heart Coleus

Dark Heart coleus

(Solenostemon 'Dark Heart') has heart-shape, burgundy leaves with a green margin. Maroon veins create a netted appearance to the green edges. It trails to 16 inches.

Garnet Robe Coleus

Garnet Robe coleus

(Solenostemon 'Garnet Robe') has deep red leaves edged with green-gold scallops. Its cascading growth habit makes it great in container combinations. It trails 18 inches.

Red Trailing Queen Coleus

Red Trailing Queen coleus

(Solenostemon 'Red Trailing Queen') has burgundy-maroon leaves with a green edge. They may develop a rosy-pink center. It trails 15 inches.

Strawberry Drop Coleus

Strawberry Drop coleus

(Solenostemon 'Strawberry Drop') has heart-shape, green leaves with a netted pattern of maroon veins. The central part of each leaf is splashed with strawberry pink, fading to creamy yellow at the base of the leaf. It trails 16 inches.

Trailing Rose Coleus

Trailing Rose coleus

(Solenostemon 'Trailing Rose') has heart-shape, burgundy leaves with a narrow band of green along the leaf edge. A central swath of pink brightens each leaf, and is more prominent in full sun. Plants trail 18 inches.

Garden Plans for Coleus

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Little Fountain Garden Plan
Shade-Loving Container Garden Plan
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