Varieties Of Coleus For Shade Or Sun

Coleus varieties when in numbers can add some absolutely stunning color to your landscaping.

Varieties Of Coleus For Shade Or Sun

You may decide you wish to plant them out in your yard, maybe in some containers – or even add some indoor colors. 

Whatever the choice you make, you’ll want to know about the varieties of coleus for both sun and shade.

Lucky for you, we’ve created this helpful guide to show you all the answers you may need to know. 

Join us as we learn more!

The Basics 

Coleus cultivars will thrive in outdoor environments in climate zones 9 and 10 all year round.

They are visually striking and can really add some beautiful colors and designs to your outdoor landscaping plans. 

In addition, plenty of varieties of coleus can happily live in containers which provide the same beauty with their foliage. 

However, it’s important to know that during cold climates, night times in cold areas and during winter temperatures, they will need to be brought inside if you want them to continue. 

Having said that though, many people opt to let them expire and then allow for brand new color schemes to shine through next time. 

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll need to know the planting processes along with other handy tips! 

Planting Coleus Outdoors 

Seed plantings and live starts will be able to thrive perfectly in outdoor areas.

The best time to do this in the spring, but specifically when all the cold and frost has gone for the year. 

If you’re going to start indoors, try to plant your seedlings at least eight weeks before the frost ceases in your area. 

Darker areas may require grow lights to help them along, but these plants do well in both jiffy pods and in planting trays. 

If you are unsure about some of the planting instructions, check the packet that the seeds come in.

You should see some guidelines for the best ways to plant them and how to help them along from the beginning of their life cycle. 

It’s important to remember that as there are so many different types of coleus varieties, with different leaves, colors, sizes and general shapes – they may require different approaches and conditions to thrive. 

Coleus Varieties For The Sun 

Coleus Varieties For The Sun 

Premium sun series are an ideal choice for coleus when it comes to blossoming in the sun.

Check out a few of these varieties if this is something you are interested in. 

  • Fairway coleus 
  • Colorblaze coleus 
  • Redhead coleus 
  • Wasabi coleus 
  • Henna coleus 
  • Red carpet coleus 
  • Coleosaurus 
  • Blonde bombshell coleus 
  • Box office bronze coleus 

Some of these types of coleus plants have some amazing features and points that you should know.

Let’s take a look at some of these in a little more detail. 

Fairway Coleus 

These are types of dwarf variety cultivars and they grow to a maximum of about ten inches tall.

Most people that opt for these plants will use them as a sun border. However, you may decide it is better to mix them up with more varieties of sun annuals. 

The choice is really down to you – either way, you’ll see some amazing colors and results. 

Redhead Coleus 

As their name suggests, these coleus are red but it is more of a beetroot or red-cabbage color.

They are best used when you are mixing them with other coleus plants. 

For example you may decide it is a good idea to place these next to our next choice. 

Wasabi Coleus 

Once again, this is a coleus that you get exactly what it says on the label.

It’s a light green color, and when it is placed next to a redhead coleus, you get a beautiful mix of contrasting colors. 

Important Points To Bear In Mind 

Sometimes, it is better to choose coleus types to pair that may not be the best “fit” when it comes to color, but it will be for their longevity. 

Coleus tend to tolerate strong light or even lots of shade as long as they are cared for correctly.

If however, they receive too much direct sunlight – the heat can make their colors fade. 

Choose a variety of sun coleus that works well with your location and general conditions. That way, you can be sure they will last as long as possible. 

Coleus Varieties For The Shade 

Many varieties of coleus will do very well when they have shade or just a small amount of morning sun and work as annuals. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best shade varieties of coleus. 

  • Cranberry bog 
  • Honey crisp 
  • Stained glassworks molten lava 
  • Stained glassworks molten eruption 

However, these are varieties that tolerate deep shade. Others will enjoy a healthy mix of light and shade. Some of these include the following. 

The Wizard Series

These varieties are very easily cared for as they can be simply propagated by their seed.

These are ideal for hanging baskets or planting in your patio. They do okay when exposed to a small amount of sun, but need the majority of their time in shade.

Black Dragons 

Black dragons have intense dark and shiny purple and blue mostly.

They really stand out when they are fully developed, but you have to be careful when exposing them outdoors to the sun.

Too much can actually bleach out their color. 

Kong Coleus 

These types of coleus are best planted in shaded areas and in the morning when the light is low.

Ensure they have plenty of room and you will soon notice some amazing colors and beautiful patterns. 

They grow to around two feet tall and there are a few different types of kong coleus. These include:

  • Coleus kong rose 
  • Kong salmon pink 

What About Growing Coleus Indoors?

There’s nothing wrong with growing coleus varieties indoors. In fact, they’re some of the easiest and low maintenance plants you could have. 

Here’s some things you should think about and consider when you want them to live indoors with you. 

  • If you want a bushy foliage, ensure you are pinching them back to avoid them getting leggy. 
  • Keep them shaped if you want them to be a table plant. 
  • Always remember to turn the basket after watering if you are keeping them in there. This ensures an even growth. 
  • Regularly water your plants but do not overwater them – avoid water logging the roots. 
  • Remove uneven growth if this occurs. This will help more even growth and make them look much better. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Here are some of the most common questions asked when it comes to these beautiful plants. 

Are Coleus Varieties Toxic?

They are slightly toxic. Not as much so as some houseplants like the monstera though. As a precaution, you should try to prevent young children and pets from having access to these plants. 

It’s also wise to wear gardening gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after handling them. 

How Long Do Coleus Varieties Live?

Typically, you can expect your coleus plants to last for about one year.

As we mentioned earlier, some people opt to let their old plants die, rather than prolonging their lives indoors during winter months. It’s really up to you on that point. 

Why Are My Coleus Dying?

There could be plenty of reasons why your coleus is not surviving. The most likely reasons are either too much or a lack of sunlight, water, moisture and food. 

The Bottom Line 

Coleus come in many varieties and they are all gorgeous to see when they are arranged with care. We hope we’ve given you some great examples and tips to think about!

If you liked this article, you might enjoy our post on ‘Anthurium Care Guide: Flamingo Flower‘.

Amy Enrich