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07/06/2013 at 15:13

Hi, 

I am completely new to gardening as I have just become an owner of a very small (mostly paved) garden. I would like to put in some hardy colour to my garden and most of which would need to be in pots. I would like to add the colour mostly with the foliage rather than bedding plants. 

I would really like a copper coloured coleus, I have found one on pinterest which was called a keystone kopper coleus. I have been to my local garden center who didn't know what I was talking about. Any ideas where I could get such a plant? I fear having found it on pinterest means its only available in the U.S. or something.

Any other ideas on plants I should look out for that have a similar colouring would also be welcomed. The garden gets some sun but has very high fencing all around and is only about 15ft by 10ft in size so it gets alot of shade falling from the fencing.

Thanks 

Jo

07/06/2013 at 16:01

Coleus are not hardy in the UK. You could use them in the summer but would need to bring them inside for the winter, or grow fresh from seed each year.

07/06/2013 at 18:41

 

Have you thought about Heuchera I don't grow any but a lot of peopleon here do.

My garden is 7m by 4.6m and totally paved. Everything grows in pots

07/06/2013 at 18:57

Coleus are really easy to grow from seeds, even for a beginner (don't want to sound patronising, but I grew them every year as a young child, potted them on and sold them to raise pocket money).  You can get packets of mixed seeds quite cheaply, then as they grow you can choose the colours and patterns you like best, keep them and then sell/give away/swap the others with other gardeners.

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/all-other-seeds-and-plants/foliage-seeds-and-plants/coleus-hybridus-kong-mixed/4215TM

or there are some suppliers in the UK who supply individual colours/types http://www.mr-fothergills.co.uk/catalogue/flower-seed/page/4/range/C?gclid=COzEyNXB0rcCFYTJtAodliAAsQ

There are suppliers in the USA who sell some amazing varieties but I don't know whether they ship to the UK http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/annuals/coleus.html

You could sow some now, they grow quite quickly, but they are not hardy - you must over-winter them indoors in warm conditions.   They are not long lived plants but if you take cuttings every year from your favourite plants you can keep propogating them.  Such fun 

 

 

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