Remember I used to teach school, so quiz #1 can you identify these plants? The answers are in the article...no cheating now, Mrs. Litterer says!!!!
Here are some pictures of what I am talking about premium annuals. To make it what you have seen advertise it would be the Proven Winner annual plants, but there are many different growers for different plants. Here are pictures of annuals in order.
1. King Kong Mosaic Coleus
Kongs (solenostemon scutellariodes) are a group of coleus introduced in 2004, according to information published by Louisiana State University's agriculture center. This group is unique to other coleus in that it looks like a sun-loving coleus, but it actually prefers shade. These plants are grown for their colorful, variegated foliage, which ranges in patterns and shades from greens to yellows and pinks. Although Kong coleus is an annual in many climates (frost kills the plant), it is easily grown and well worth the effort to replant every spring.
2. Coleus ‘Stained Glassworks Kiwi Fern’, Dwarf
Sun-loving coleus are known for their vibrant and attractive foliage. The dwarf varieties are compact and upright, which makes them ideal for pots on the patio or in the house, in border fringes or raised beds. With well-drained soil and partial shade to full light, their height is approximately 12″. Frost tender, U.S. zones 9-11.
3. Coleus Stained Glassworks Copper
Plant Habit : Mounding Exposure : Sun, Part Shade Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers
These vegetative coleus are amazingly hardy, tolerating full sun even under sub-tropical conditions. Plants are more resistant to stem rot and are vigorous and tall in the landscape. Pruning will extend performance. Burnt orange. New for 2016
4.Coleus Sun Dark Choc
Plant Habit: Upright Characteristics: Colorful/Attractive Foliage, Heat Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, Low Maintenance Water: Medium Fertilize: Every two weeks Spacing: 12 - 18" (30 - 46cm) Height: 24 - 30" (61 - 76cm) Width: 18 - 24" (46 - 61cm) Exposure: Partial Sun
General Information: Appealing rich dark purple is solid across the entire leaf. Will show slight touches of burgundy tones especially in full sun conditions. Mid-season flowers are purple and green.
5.Torenia Magenta moon
Shade- loving torenia is a reliable little bloomer, and it looks elegant combined with creamy yellow impatiens and small ferns in bright shade. Provide evenly moist, organic soils that are well-drained. Easy care.
The Moon Series of Torenia, or Wishbone Plant as it is commonly known, adds vivid color to your gardens and containers. This selection bears apricot and magenta blossoms with a dark magenta eye. Trailing habit makes it perfect for containers and window boxes. 4-6" tall and sprawling.
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa ( I started my day at 7 watering and have been at the greenhouse all morning, I am not complaining had gardeners there)
Hi! My name is Becky and I am a Master Gardener. I own Becky's Greenhouse in Dougherty, Iowa.