Saturday, June 16, 2012


one of the many beautiful varieties of coleus (Solenostemon sp.) at b. b. barns 

It's Foliage Day!  Pam/Digging's Follow-up meme for Bloom Day is our chance to show off beautiful or unusual leaves (which can be just as interesting as flowers!).

My offering this month is the flashy foliage of the coleus collection at B. B. Barns garden center in Asheville.

The flashiest of the flashy are a new series known as Under The Sea, bred by students (and their Master Gardener friends) at the University of Saskatchewan.  What distinguishes these coleus from others is the crustaceous or coral-y look of finger-like projections along their leaf margins.

'Gold Anemone'

Cultivar names like 'Lime Shrimp,' 'Red Coral,' 'Bonefish,' and 'Hermit Crab' emphasize the feel; you might even expect to see them at the beach planted in a giant seashell.

'Bone Fish'


Hort Couture is undoubtedly very pleased to be the sole U.S. distributor, propagator, and marketer of these...have you ever seen anything like them?  Pretty exciting!

a table full of fantasy foliage at b. b. barnes

I like knowing that royalties from the sale of these plants will go back to the University of Saskatchewan and the plant sciences program.

Coleus Under the Sea will tolerate sun or shade and stay compact, making them a perfect choice for containers, but you can certainly use them as bedding plants, too.  For more info and to find a seller near you, visit the Hort Couture website.


Thank you to Pam for hosting Foliage Follow-up Day!

And...a big thank you to B. B. Barns for hosting a reception for us during the Garden Bloggers Fling!  The lovely garden center and just as lovely hospitality were much appreciated and enjoyed.

Read more of the story of Coleus Under The Sea in the University of Saskatchewan On Campus News.


  1. What stunning coleus, and wonderful they will help the program at U of S!

  2. I totally missed those at BB Barnes! The foliage shape is stunning. They do fit well with an "under the sea" theme, like so many succulents do as well. Thanks for joining in for Foliage Follow-Up, Daricia.

  3. ahh, I love those! Wish I could find coleus like that around here!

  4. I read an article on the Under the Sea coleus this spring and looked all over for them in garden centers and couldn't find them. I love their shapes and color and bonus that they can take sun.

  5. Great posting. I do like those coleus! What fun shapes and colors. I really like the idea of planting them in a large clam shell--perfect!!

  6. Those are gorgeous coleus--and I also completely missed them at B.B. Barnes. Peter and I are heading to Asheville for a night away this weekend--maybe we need to swing by there and check them out! Your photo of 'Gold Anemone' is just stunning!