Photo by Jessica Walliser
This year’s I’m growing Gay’s Delight coleus, but next year there are so many more varieties I want to try.
I recently wrote an article on coleus for my weekly newspaper column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and found out about a terrific mail-order company that I had never heard of before. Now, I have always liked coleus and I grow several different ones in my garden every year, but I had no idea how many hundreds of different cultivars there are out there and just how stunning some of them can be. I have always felt limited by the handful of selections available at our local nurseries, but now that I know how many gorgeous varieties are out there, I am really feeling short changed!
Rosy Dawn GardensÂ in New Hudson, Mich., has hundreds of coleus varieties listed alphabetically on its website. With images to accompany each one, itâ€™s easy to find your favorites. (Narrowing them down, however, is not!)
I would love to visit this place sometime and walk through their greenhouses and see all the different coleuses close up. I usually grow Black Dragon, which is a variety started by seed that Rosy Dawn does not supply, as well as a couple selections started from cuttings. This year, I am growing Gayâ€™s Delight in my front window boxes and just love it. I also like the trailing varieties for my window boxes and containers, too. I fell in love with Inky Fingers a few years ago, and after perusing this website, next year Iâ€™m going to have to get Apocalypse, Sparkler, Ruby Laser, El Brighto, Felix and Darth Vader. Canâ€™t wait!