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.