Learn about the Best Types of Coleus Varieties and add a dash of bold contrast in your home and garden with these colorful foliage plants!
Coleus is an ornamental plant from the Lamiaceae family with variegated, colorful and patterned leaves that can liven up any shady areas of your home and garden! Read more about the best coleus varieties in the below article to pick the best one for yourself!
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1. Stained Glassworks Kiwi Fern
Height/Spread: 12-24 inches tall, 18 inches spread
Color: Yellow-pink edges with burgundy leaves
Kiwi fern is low maintenance coleus that brings delicate and fine texture to any garden. This colorful coleus variety prefers a warm climate, partial shade, and well-draining soil.
2. Rustic Orange
Height/Spread: 18-24 inches tall, 15-18 inches spread
The vibrant orange foliage of Solenostemon ‘Rustic Orange’ is ideal for borders or garden beds. Use the warm color of this beautiful coleus variety to brighten up your garden or interior space!
3. Fishnet Stockings
Height/Spread: 24-36 inches tall, 12-16 inches spread
Color: Lime green and burgundy
The upright, tall ‘Fishnet stockings’ have burgundy veins on lime green leaves, giving it a stunning appearance! Place the plant in part sun and water regularly in the dry season.
4. Wizard Mix
Height/Spread: 8-10 inches tall, 10-14 inches spread
Color: Chartreuse, pink, and red
Add colors to the shady beds and dark corners of your home with the impressive beauty of the ‘Wizard mix.’ The large, heart-shaped leaves, prefer moist soil and full shade to part sun to maintain the glory of their color!
Height/Spread: 14-28 inches tall, 14-16 inches spread
Color: Copper and chartreuse with burgundy undersides
The award-winning ‘Henna’ variety offers frilly edged chartreuse leaves, with burgundy to magenta edges. Grow them in full sun to partial shade for vibrant foliage colors.
6. Trailing Plum
Height/Spread: 10-12 inches tall, 18-24 inches spread
Color: Neon pink
The dramatic foliage of ‘Trailing plum’ is sun-loving. Also, it is one of the best types of coleus that cascade down! Grow them in rich, moist, and well-draining soil.
7. Black Dragon
Height/Spread: 12-14 inches tall, 10-12 inches spread
Color: Deep burgundy with purple-black edges
Add a charismatic look to your garden by growing ‘Black Dragon.’ It boasts a volcano, lava-like striking foliage that thrives well in full to partial shade, making it one of the best coleus varieties to grow!
Height/Spread: 12-16 inches tall, 12-15 inches spread
‘Limelight’ is one of the Giant Exhibition coleus series! The bright, neon lime-green leaves is best for containers and gardens. Thanks to its stunning foliage, it goes well with every color!
9. Picture Perfect Salmon Pink
Height/Spread: 30 inches tall with the same spread
Color: Green undersides with burgundy-salmon and pink variegated leaves
The pastel-toned leaves of ‘Picture perfect salmon pink’ look artistically hand-painted. You can grow this masterpiece on the borders of your garden and in pots in full to partial shade.
10. Big Red Judy
Height/Spread: 24-40 inches tall, 18-36 inches spread
Pair the red leaves of ‘Big Red Judy’ with ornamental grasses or other plants! The large and upright, velvety leaves grow well in full sun to full shade. You can use them as a thriller in containers or as an edging plant as well.
11. Super-Fine Rainbow Festive Dance
Height/Spread: 12-15 inches tall, 10-14 inches spread
Color: Chocolate brown
The rich, chocolate-brown or bronze leaves of this beautiful coleus variety has a fiery orange center, with green edges. You can grow this attractive plant in containers or garden beds, both!
12. Kong Lime Sprite
Height/Spread: 20-24 inches tall, 15-18 inches spread
Color: Lime green and mahogany leaves
The beautiful lime green leaves with a mahogany red splash in the center makes it one of the best coleus varieties to grow! The plant can brighten up any interior or garden with its lively colors. It prefers shade, as the leaves can burn in the direct, hot sun.
13. Giant Exhibition Palisandra
Height/Spread: 20 inches tall, 14-16 inches spread
Color: Purple-black leaves
This beautiful coleus variety offers velvety, deep purple-black leaves, that thrives well in moist soil. ‘Giant Exhibition Palisandra’ is an ideal choice for the shaded gardens and indoor spaces.