Fall Foliage

“Fall Foliage”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Here, just north of the Gulf of Mexico, we do not have the wonderful fall foliage that areas to the north of us enjoy. I guess we are too warm, and the trees that really fire do not grow here. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have colorful fall foliage. When I plant my coleus in the spring, I always keep in mind that come autumn there is a need for some color that only a plant like the coleus can give, so I put in colors that will look nice not only in summer but also in the fall. This year, the coleus did exceptionally well, and I have huge plants which gives a nice display.








And finally, my new favorite for this year.



All of these plants are over three feet high and about two to three feet wide. They are making quite a statement in the garden. So, while I don’t have the lovely maples, aspens, and other fall foliage stars, I do have some very colorful foliage to get me through the season.


  1. Janet said,

    October 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I really enjoy all the different varieties of coleus that are out there now. The Sun coleus are a nice addition to the colorful foliage stage. It amazes me how large they can become over the course of the growing season. Great plants!

  2. October 19, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Beautiful Jan, all those lovely color combinations, like a antique beautiful tapestry./ Tyra

  3. Bernieh said,

    October 19, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Magnificent collection of Coleus … one of my favourites as it does so well in our climate and conditions here too. We very lucky as we can grow ours all year round so we get this fabulous colour all the time. Great photos.

  4. Scott said,

    October 19, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Wow, these pics make me think I wouldn’t ever needs flowers if I just had more coleus!

    • Jan said,

      October 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm

      I felt this same way which is why this spring I did not plant any annuals. My annual color came from the coleus I placed all around the garden.

  5. Jake said,

    October 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    You get fall colour however you can when you are that warm. Haha. Either way it actually does loook fallish.


  6. October 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Dear Jan, Coleus did extremely well in my PA garden this year, too. I don’t have individual ones as BIG as yours though. Stunning. Pam x

    • Jan said,

      October 21, 2010 at 4:36 am

      Pam, I think mine are so big because of our long growing season down here. I was able to plant the coleus in early spring and with the heat, they have just gotten bigger and bigger. I am so pleased with how well they have done, that next year I plan on putting in more.

  7. October 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    You have a nice assortment of coleus there! I like the different shapes of the leaves and the colors. That last one is my favorite, too.

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