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While these plants don’t have the most interesting or showy blooms, they easily make up for it with their stunning, jewel-tone foliage. Joseph’s coat plants make a wonderful accent in any garden setting and can even work well as showy houseplants. With several hundred species available, these plants offer quite a bit of diversity, allowing for many different leaf shapes, sizes, and textures. Plant them in full sun for the best and brightest foliage colors.
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Many people have long grown foliage plants like coleus to add a splash of color without having to worry about blooms, but sometimes coleus can get a little too large and have unattractive flowers in the summer. If this is the case for you, give Joseph's coat a try. These tidy plants come in almost the same range of colors as coleus, albeit less patterns, and are just as easy to grow. The plants come in different sizes and with different shapes of leaves—some with thin and narrow threads and others that are wide and oval. Others still have unique crinkled foliage and some have multicolored leaves. No matter the color or texture, all types of Joseph's coats are easy to grow.
Joseph's Coat Care Must-Knows
This charming foliage plant puts on quite a display of color with very little input and doesn't require much maintenance. When planting Joseph's coats in the ground as bedding plants, place them in well-drained soil. Joseph's coats don't like standing water, but they do enjoy consistent moisture. You will quickly find that once they are dry, Joseph's coats are very quick to wilt, but luckily they pop right back up once they receive some water.
To get the brightest colors out of your Joseph's coat plants, plant them in full sun. Indoors, give them a bright window with as much direct light as possible. In part shade, the colors may come across as more muted, and the habit of the plants can get a little lanky. If the plants become loose in habit, they are amenable to pinching and shearing to keep them groomed and tidy.
The fairly tight internodes of Joseph's coats make them very versatile and allow them to be used in a few different ways. Small-leaf varieties work well at the edges of garden beds, and they can be trained into more formal small hedges making them great for colorful knot gardens. Some of the tiny types also make great additions to terrariums and fairy gardens, as they can be trimmed and maintained at a very small scale. Large-leaf varieties are perfect for the middle of borders, and some have looser habits that work well mingling with other plants like petunias. All of the varied types of Joseph's coat work well in containers, both inside a house and out. If you are planning on using them in pots, use a well-drained, general-purpose potting mix with slow-release fertilizer.