“Foliage Color”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
This time of year does not have the blooms that early spring does, but that does not mean that there is no color or interest in the garden. This year, in particular, there isn’t the amount of flowers around as is usual for summer. Our heat always does seem to make plants stop flowering during the hottest months and then pick up again when the cooler temperatures of fall arrive, but this year, with our unusually high heat in June, flowers are pretty scarce right now. Thank goodness for coleus and caladiums, two brightly colored plants that help a summer garden look nice.
Coleus is having a sort of revival in the past few years. The Victorians were crazy for this plant, but as with all things, it went out of favor for a while and is back now. When you look at coleus, you don’t miss not having flowers. Not only are they colorful, but the different leaf shapes and textures make these such interesting plants. I especially like the puffy or puckered leaf coleus.
Caladuim is another plant with colorful leaves that can outshine many a flower. I am lucky that I can leave my caladium tubers in the ground, and they will overwinter. I just make sure that they have a lot of mulch and stay dry.
So, even though this year’s heat has stopped the normal summer flowering, we still have a great deal of interest in the garden with the different textures and colors of coleus and caladiums.