13 Best Coleus Varieties to Grow | Different Types of Coleus Plants

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

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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

Color: Orange

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

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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!

5. Henna

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

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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

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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!

8. Limelight

Height/Spread: 12-16 inches tall, 12-15 inches spread

Color: Chartreuse

‘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

Color: Red

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

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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.

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