Spring 2015


Three Summer Coleus Selections

Coleus Flume

Coleus is a great summer landscaping plant. We use it often because it loves the heat, is fast growing, and creates lush beds of color. Breeders are constantly coming up with exciting new shades and patterns to add to the mix so coleus continues to pique our interest.

Many newer varieties perform strongly in sun as well as shade, making coleus a versatile choice for brightening just about any area of the landscape. Three selections in particular have captured our attention—all of them grow around 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall, or about knee to waist-high:


Calibrachoa Mix Masters

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With the upcoming July 4th holiday right around the corner quick and easy color is in high demand. Our new Mix Masters combinations are as quick and easy as they come—not to mention refreshing and fun. These artistic “recipes” are 100% complete—they’re perfectly balanced with nothing missing, taking the guesswork out of planning a custom design.


The Dark Side of Ipomoea

IPO Ace of Spades

For adding drama to containers and landscape beds we recommend cascading black ipomoea. In shades of deep purple-to-ebony, these fast-growing vines make brighter colors in the garden pop while acting as intriguing specimens themselves. We have several darker ipomoea varieties to choose from—each one lends its own unique thrill to a design: 


Digiplexis ‘Illumination Raspberry’

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This tropical-looking plant is the result of some innovative breeding. It’s a cross of North American foxglove (digitalis) and isoplexis, a foxglove relative from the Canary Islands. ‘Illumination Raspberry’ has a digitalis-like look but with a strong branching habit.

Notice all the tall flower spikes—digiplexis has multiple stalks whereas standard digitalis only has one. If you cut this variety back it will bloom with even more stalks. The colorful flowers last for weeks, too, instead of mere days like those of ordinary foxglove. 


Plectranthus ‘Bunnies Gone’

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Do you have a project that’s prone to deer or rabbit traffic? Well, we’ve got a deterrent—‘Bunnies Gone’. This pretty foliage plant resembles a coleus, with textured green leaves and tiny lavender flowers—and one slight difference. 

Now, we don’t normally recommend plants that smell bad, and in some regard that’s a matter of personal preference. Still, ask anyone who’s brushed up against this plant—including any rabbit, cat, or squirrel in the neighborhood—and they’ll most likely be in agreement: it stinks.