Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Annuals

Something New Under the Sun

by Susan Littlefield


Coleus is great for adding bold, season-long color to garden beds and containers. And now you can get double the color in one easy "seed." Part of the Fuseables® line from Harris Seed, the new coleus blend 'Under the Sun' gives you two attractive varieties in one easy to sow pellet. Multiple seeds of 'Versa Crimson Gold' and 'Versa Lime' are blended into multi-seed pellets that germinate and grow compatibly. It is an easy and economical way to get an eye-catching mix for a container planting or shade garden.

The maroon-red and gold foliage of 'Versa Crimson Gold' contrasts nicely with the bright chartreuse color of 'Versa Lime'. Plants reach 20-32 inches tall and 18-22 inches wide. Growing well in partial sun or shade, these colorful plants will continue to look good in spite of heat, rain, and wind.

Sow seeds early indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date. Place the pellets on the soil surface, leaving them uncovered, but make sure they don't dry out. Provide bottom heat for the best germination. Grow them on for 6-8 weeks at temperatures between 60-70 F. Transplant outdoors after the danger of frost is past. Then enjoy the show!

To find out more about Coleus Fuseables® 'Under the Sun', go to: National Garden Bureau. To purchase seeds, go to: Harris Seeds.

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