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We tend to focus on flowers in our gardens, but plants with colorful foliage are great additions to gardens. Foliage is a constant presence...
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We tend to focus on flowers in our gardens, but plants with colorful foliage are great additions to gardens. Foliage is a constant presence and a great way to add consistent color to gardens. Newly Noir has deep purple to black foliage and is a wonderful plant for both sunny and shady spots. It grows up to three and a half feet tall, perfect for the middle to back of the bed and it makes a great thriller in combination recipes. I also love planting coleus in mono-crop pots.
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Use alone in containers alone or as a thriller in combination recipes. They are also wonderful landscape plants.
These are heat tolerant plants, that aren't particularly fussy and they need little routine maintenance. They will perform best if an application of controlled release fertilizer is included at the time of planting. This applies to both landscape and container plantings. The plants aren't particularly heavy feeders, so a single dose is usually sufficient for landscape beds in most climates. If you have a very long season, a second application of controlled release plant food should be considered for landcape beds. In general, containers need to be fed more than landscape plants. A second application of a controlled release fertilizer should be applied about every two months to container plants or you can regularly apply water soluble fertilizer starting about two months after the containers are planted. These extra applications of plant food can really make a difference in performance through the summer.
If your plant begins to look open or a bit tired, an allover trim can be beneficial. Use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to trim back up to 1/3 of the volume of the plant. I pair any trim with a dose of water soluble fertilizer to provide instant energy to help kickstart new growth and branching. Your plant will take some to recover from the trim, but the end result is a fuller, more dense plant going forward. You may repeat the trim as needed through the season.