Different types and colors of coleus plants growing in a garden.


Are you looking to spruce up your garden or home with some vibrant color? Look no further than coleus! This fantastic tropical plant is a great addition as outdoor or indoor potted plants, providing an array of stunning mix of hues. It thrives in the shade and is a low-maintenance beauty that will only enhance your outdoor or indoor living spaces. So if you’re ready to dive into this colorful adventure, use our our guides down below to learn how to grow and care for coleus.

21 of the Best Coleus Varieties

A close up horizontal image of different coleus plants growing in the garden.

Coleus is a vibrant foliage plant that is perennial in Zones 10 to 11 and an annual elsewhere. It prefers partial to full shade and moist, organically rich, well-draining soil. In beds and borders, patio pots, and window boxes, it’s an excellent mixed grouping companion. Read on for 21 of our favorite coleus varieties.

How to Grow Coleus in Containers

A close up horizontal image of different types of coleus plants growing in terra cotta pots on a patio.

Growing coleus plants in containers shows off their beautifully colorful foliage while making them more accessible and easy to move or reposition throughout the landscape. To learn how to grow these plants in pots, give our guide a read. It covers everything a container coleus grower needs to know – and more!

How to Grow Coleus in Your Garden

Top down view of different colored foliage and cultivars of coleus plants.

Colorful coleus is a tropical foliage plant that is easy to grow and thrives in shady locations. With vibrant, variegated leaves in a range of color combinations and patterns, coleus is ideal for massed plantings, or as specimens in beds and borders. Learn how to plant and grow coleus now with this guide.