Coleus and Passion flower don't mind heat


From left: Coleus 'Wasabi', 'Fishnet Stockings' and 'Marooned', 
with Agastache 'Golden Jubilee', annual Salvia coccinea, and 
'Clear Skies' passion flower on the fence.
If you planted Coleus, you're patting yourself on the back just about now. That's because blooms move very quickly through their stages when it's really, really hot. Except, of course, for many annuals. I made a combination in the new raised bed using coleus ColorBlaze Marooned, the latest from Proven Winners.
PW sent me two of the plants to try, so I mixed them with another PW Coleus called 'Fishnet Stockings' and a Ball Floraplant variety called 'Wasabi'.

Coleus bulks up tremendously by mid-summer, so I like to plant some in the ground. No matter where I put it, coleus performs. I even put a couple in "no man's land," a place I stay clear of after the end of June for fear of falling down in the midst of the foliage and never being heard from again. I'll probably venture over in a month or so, or as soon as I lay my hands on a scythe-like tool.

Coleus 'Wasabi' and 'Fishnet Stockings' with Gomphrena 'Fireworks'
Providing the backdrop for this coleus convention is Passiflora 'Clear Skies', one of the most prolific and vigorous passion vines I've grown.

As happens so often in my garden, it's time when the tough take over where the tender leave off (or fail to tread, whichever you prefer.) I'm feeding them all equally with a combination of Osmocote and a weekly dose of water soluble general purpose plant food.

Passiflora 'Clear Skies' with Coleus 'Marooned'

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