Gardeners are reconnecting with begonias and coleus plants since the plant disease impatiens downy mildew has infiltrated our gardens.
Inspiration to Stay Gardening:
Pink and white wax begonias with annual geraniums, sweet potato vine with purple leaves all “sitting atop” a stream of English ivy in a container.
The Cordyline is popular with annual geraniums. But here, the spikey plant is with wax begonias and bacopa in a flower box.
Coleus is the quintessential shade plant, though over the years it has been pushed out into the sun, a little. We gardeners, have mixed Solenostemon sculellaniodes with all manner of objects and plants in container garden and in the landscape.
In Ohio at Baker Acres Greenhouse one year, I found coleus mixing it up with blue bottles.
The coleus ‘Alligator Tears’ with Mecardonia ‘Gold Dust’, which does not require deadheading in a metal bucket.
A planting bed of Solenostemon ‘Brownie Points’ will brighten a garden outside on the north side of a house or under a shady canopy.
‘Indian Summer’ grows well early in March, in a Southwest low desert environment.
Solenostemon ‘Kong Mosaic’ is colorful, under a shade cloth, in an Arizona garden.
Still missing our beloved Impatiens bedding plants? Despite all the coleus varieties out there.
Try some of the new impatiens being bred.
Begonias and coleus plants offer many ideas for a shade garden on a patio or under tree canopy that will keep you Stay Gardening.