Coleus is one of those colorful plants that just seem to fill every gardeners needs. You can use it to fill just about any spot in the garden or landscape, and nothing seems to kill it or cause any irreparable harm. Georgia’s Allan Armitage told Susan Langenhennig of the Times-Picayune earlier this month that the beauty about the sun coleus is it can fill an entire deck area of your home landscape, if you need it to, and if they get too big for it “just whack them back,” he says.
On April 28, LSU’s AgCenter named the henna coleus plant as one of their 2016 Super Plants for Louisiana. In order to qualify for ‘super plant’ status the plant has to be exceptional and perform well in the state, according to AG Center horticulturalist Allen Owings.
Fine Gardening magazine says there are four ways to design your landscape with coleus: make it a focal point, create a topiary with it, use it to echo the colors in other plants in the combination planting, or contrast it with differing colors and textures and shapes.
Whatever your gardening need, coleus is a must-have addition as it comes in so many different shapes, sizes and colors, filling any open spot in the garden with great style and vibrant shades. And it can be put in a basket, planted in a pot or placed in the ground, making it a very versatile addition. The following list from LSU is the other Super Plants that can survive and thrive in a hot Louisiana climate.